In early October 2018, I traveled to Golden Colorado to go to an Art Mastermind Workshop.
The reason for the trip was to gain clarity on the future of my work as an artist. The focus of the art mastermind workshop was primarily on business practices artists can use to sell more art. A lucky few walked away with 6 month master-plans for their business. This did not happen for me. Something bigger happened.
Pluses from the art mastermind sessions.
- A room full of motivated artists learning from one another and sharing business success practices.
- Alyson B. Stanfield and Cynthia Morris—2 dynamic coaches that really want the best for their clients.
- Learning how much I had to share with others + how passionate I am about the success of other artists’ careers.
- The evening events were fun! See picture below from a boutique shopping party.
Minuses from the overall experience.
- Two days of art mastermind workshop material felt really short for the amount of travel time I took to be there (2 flights plus 2, 4-hour car rides). I might have liked another 1/2 day morning session.
- I felt uncomfortable emotions while listening to other artists. Particularly when hearing how other artists sabotage themselves.
- My workshop takeaway came to me a few days after the event.
As I was preparing for the art workshop my intent was to listen, observe, and gather as much information from as many people as possible. Thinking I’d be the silent one, with little to add to the discussion, I was wrong.
The art mastermind workshop was a magic room. I learned how passionate I am about helping others to succeed in their art practices and business.
I would have thought that my passion would be obvious to myself after 30+ years of teaching art to people of all ages. Instead, I had to learn this through how stuck I felt attempting to focus on things I thought I was supposed to do. Things like approaching galleries and other venues to show my work, or planning open studios or art and craft festival participation in 2019. Ugh, no! Sure, I want to show and share my work. I am generous! I do not make my work for my eyes alone. But I have never ever been excited about hustling to get my work in public. Not ever! I have had shows, oh yes! The best ones were when I was approached to show my work, not when I did the approaching.
I am getting off track here.
I enthusiastically endorse the Art Mastermind Workshop retreats with Alyson. You may walk away with a new 6 month focus, or like me, you may walk away with a new business plan all together. Either way, do the work and you will see results when you put yourself in a room to study art business practices with 20+ motivated and ambitious artists.
Thank you Alyson B. Stanfield!