GAIA ORION

Art for a peaceful and flourishing world

Exhibiting in the US and Crossing the Border with your Art

Exhibiting in the US and Crossing the Border with your Art

I recently exhibited my art in the US for my first solo show in Boulder Colorado. While I’ve been on road trips in the US many times, this was a first crossing the border with artwork in my van. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous.  The advice I got from artist colleagues was to ‘just say that you are going to show your art at a non-profit art event with a big smile. For me there is...

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Integral City: Sponsor of my Solo Show in Boulder, Colorado

Integral City: Sponsor of my Solo Show in Boulder, Colorado

I am thrilled to have Integral City as a sponsor of this catalog. Our work is intimately connected: having graduated as an architect I’ve studied urban planning and have always naturally recognized when cities are well thought out, evidently affecting the quality of lives and communities positively. The work of Marilyn Hamilton is truly aesthetic as it brings the intelligence of nature into the...

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Facebook is a great tool for artists – PART 2: Tips and tricks I have learned

Facebook is a great tool for artists – PART 2: Tips and tricks I have learned

When I started using facebook I quickly realized that my effort and time spent on facebook was not rewarding and effective. I paid a local marketing expert that specializes in social media to teach me individually about all the tricks of the trade (her name is Lynn Martin from Mark Us Marketing) . We ended up spending 5 hours together and she taught me how to bring my client database into...

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The power and potential of facebook: A great tool for artists

The power and potential of facebook: A great tool for artists

There are a two blogs on art marketing that I really like to follow. 1. The Artrepreneur by Renee Phillips. She is the director of from Manhattan Arts International and The Healing Power of Art. Her e-book “How To Create Successful Art Events ” is a very important reference that I have been using for developping my art career. 2. Jason Horejs is the director of Xanadu gallery in...

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Why I Turned Down A Louvre Exhibition

Why I Turned Down A Louvre Exhibition

Sometimes seemingly good opportunities can be guaranteed disappointment in disguise. I first heard about this Louvre exhibition because a local artist was invited by an agent to Paris with her art. She is a very talented artist that paints in the style of the old masters and I thought that her art was a great fit for the Louvre. I never thought for a second that my art could be considered for...

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I am an artist and my husband is not a dentist

I am an artist and my husband is not a dentist

I am shocked at how often I am asked “what does your husband do?” It’s like they think even though I am very serious and ambitious with my art, this couldn’t be the whole deal. They are obviously thinking that someone is supporting my expensive hobby. Well, breaking news: No one is! As a matter of fact my husband is an artist too (a crafter, poet and musician). We support...

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From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

From little sketches to gallery walls… and dreaming big!

Ten years ago my art was just little sketches on restaurant napkins and pieces of scrap paper. What does it take to transform ideas into a big dream? First I had to think to myself that it could be possible. I meet many talented artists that show me their sketch book, and I often tell them ‘see this one if you made it in big on a canvas it would look amazing’. That’s basically...

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How to marry business and art?

How to marry business and art?

My good friend Tristan once told me one day that I inherited from the business mind of my dad and the artistic sense of my mom. Although it might sound weird to some people I have always approached my art with the idea that I want to sell it and make a good living from it. In my experience it has never affected my creative process : the place where art comes from is totally different than the...

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“Do the art that you want to do”

“Do the art that you want to do”

I was at a local art show and an older lady beside me was selling her artwork as well. She is a very talented artist and her subject matter was Canadian landscape and wildlife that she painted on wooden objects like canoe paddles, boxes, candle holders etc. As we were getting to know each other she told me that she loves my art and in a slightly embarrassed voice she said “my art is kind...

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Choosing The Right Canopy For Art Shows

Choosing The Right Canopy For Art Shows

When I am at shows, I am often asked about my canopy so I thought writing an article could be useful to many other artists. The Cheap Canopy: Everyone’s Sad Experience Many people that do their first outdoor show make this mistake: they go and buy the cheapest canopy from Costco or Wall-Mart with a blue, green or brown top. After the first show you will notice that the art does not display...

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