For the Artist + Maker + Creative Entrepreneur
I love my little world, my artsy life and creating every day. I am living the dream, I am a full time artist who gets to draw, paint and create every day and makes money doing it. How great is that! But let's face it being successful at anything you do in life requires some work.
As a creative entrepreneur, no matter your field, it is up to you to show up and do the work every day. This can feel particularly challenging when your business relies on your creativity. As business owners, we don’t have the luxury of just creating when we feel like it. Most artists are rebels at heart, don’t tell them how to do something, that is too constricting for them and they will scoff at the ideas you present. But when you need to grow your business you need to be honest and ask yourself what will set me free to create more and help me become successful at what I do.
Let's be honest, who does not want to be a full time creative and productive artist in their field? Not a starving artist but one who makes a good living and loves what they do. When I first ventured into going full time as an artist I had a plan. Let me share with you some simple strategies I use to make sure I stay as efficient, creative and productive as possible in my business. Some take discipline, but all have an impact. Weather you are a full time artist, aspire to become one or you simply want to focus on having a more creative life or business you will need to make changes and that is the tough part for all of us.
My sacred little studio
Where do you make art? A studio for an artist is very important. For me it is my little corner of the world, magical, colorful and a holy and sacred space just for me! What does that mean? My sacred space consists of light and lamps, a big desk, the bigger the better. Music, TV, scanner. Beautiful art and colors, fun little collectables that make me smile. Candles, supplies, comfy chairs, my dog Marley and coffee. It is a sanctuary I have created where there are no distractions and the space is all mine. I love my studio.
I don't do chaos! Some artists thrive on clutter, but not me. I am pretty organized, it helps my creative process by knowing where I can find things. It messes with my mind to have clutter, when my mind is organized I create better by focusing on the one thing I am creating. So what ever makes you happy and helps you create is what you need to do. Music is an important part of my day. I play music as I create, so a great sound system for my iPhone is a must have. I listen to mostly classic rock, 60's style but Adele and chic rock has it's day too. I like classic violin music to think and clear my mind in the mornings but Marley seems to like it a little too much and howls to it. So I usually have silence for my meditation time versus howling.
When I am creating art from coloring books to paintings I always have my assistant by my side. My dog Marley is a labradoodle and is always here she even has a bed in the corner of the studio but is usually found under my desk.
Hi everyone! I am Deborah Muller or the Chubby Mermaid. I am an artist, doodler, illustrator and gypsy at heart. I have been a full time, non starving artist for over 20 years. I am a creative encourager who loves color, the beach and travel. Welcome to my magical little world!