Artist Resources during COVID-19

I’ve put together a bunch of resources for artists. Take a look:

Courses + Coaching

• Artist Kelly Rae Roberts is offering free and pay-what-you-can courses.

• Make Art That Sells is offering free tuition to the MBA (Money BadAss) course.

• The Abundant Artist is offering Pay-What-You-Will Coaching for Artists.

The following courses are offered through Coursera* platform:
• Museum of Modern Art NY is offering free online courses

• CalArts Intro to Typography
• CalArts Intro to Imagemaking

*Coursera courses are FREE for a seven-day trial but are $49/month thereafter, unless you AUDIT the course.
How to AUDIT:

When you click to sign up for a course,  you will get a box that says “Free 7-day Trial, and then pay $49 a month”.
There is a small “AUDIT” link in the bottom left corner. Click on that, then fill out the form, and then you will be able to continue on to enjoy the course WITHOUT having to enter in any credit card information.

Here’s more details about auditing a course on Coursera

For visual artists who are also musicians:
• Open Studio Jazz: Choose what you pay

Below is a compilation of sites that contain a compilation of COVID-19 resources for artists:

• WordPress: COVID-19 Freelance Artist’s resources

• Meow Wolf: COVID-19 Resources for Artists

• ArtNet: Artists Aid Resources during Coronavirus

• I Care If You Listen: COVID-19 Emergency Funding Artist Resources

• Adobe blog: Grants and Resources for Artists during COVID-19

• List of Arts Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak

Hope this helps!

A big change

I’m very much a passion-driven person. So, when my passion for things I usually love is dulled by things out of my control, and things just feel… HARDER to do every day, and you don’t realize what the culprit is, it’s like you’re stuck in a grey cloud of muck, and can’t get clarity.

I’ve been living in a pain cloud for a really long time. I’ve actually been successful at using my pain as a tool to help me overcome challenges and even help fuel me to reach big goals!! (Positive self-talk is a very powerful thing!) I have always been led (by medical professionals) to believe my pain was soft tissue based, so I sucked it up and just did everything I thought I could do to help it. Nothing ever really did, honestly- but I continued to try.

This year, my pain escalated and it was really getting to be too much for me to handle on the daily. So I finally saw a doctor about it (…again). This time was different though: the source was finally revealed. I found out I have a condition called congenital hip dysplasia. I also learned I was born with this (that’s the “congenital” part). It’s when your hip sockets aren’t deep enough to cover your bones. Theres more to it than that (obviously) but that’s the gist of it.

There’s all kinds of bad results from having this condition and living your entire life untreated. You’re walking around with misaligned hip bones, there’s cartilage deterioration, arthritis, bone spurs, and then the constant pain. 25 years and never knew it was bone-based. (Just six weeks ago I was at the gym stretching my painful hips out on the foam roller! 😱 ) My medical care givers always attributed my hip and knee pain to other conditions. But I always knew it was something else. I just never knew I’d ever actually learn the ANSWER to the mystery! Anyway, TA-DA! Mystery solved!

It’s incredible and shocking, but fixing the condition requires total hip replacement. I’m having my first one in four weeks. I am so excited to start on my road to less pain! Bring it on. I’m ready for the challenge.

An insightful conversation

I want to let you know about a really good conversation I recently had with Ronnie Walter. If you don’t know Ronnie, she’s an art biz coach, online teacher, and art licensor, plus a bunch of other stuff. When I first met Ronnie, she was a successful and well-respected art licensing agent. In fact, at my very first trade show, her booth was diagonally across from mine! She recently invited me to come on her Coffee With Ronnie show, and I was thrilled to oblige. We talk the twists and turns and up’s and down’s of my art career, and how the two have intersected and brought me to where I am today. We also talk about print-on-demand: the different ways to do it… and some “deep thoughts” on it. If any of this interests you, definitely check it out. Watch here.