GAIA ORION

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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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Is Your Computer Sucking Up Your Time? Tips for Staying Focused

Is Your Computer Sucking Up Your Time? Tips for Staying Focused

One of the biggest challenge self-employed colleagues and artist’s friends have is how to integrate some discipline regarding the time spent on the computer. I find that the world of technology brings a huge distraction to my days. It is obvious that having a website, writing a blog, posting regular news on social media and occasionally searching online for new connection opportunities are...

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Integrity and Being Successful

Integrity and Being Successful

When I was writing this article, I had been traveling through Guatemala for 3 weeks. I was a client of many businesses during this time. Sometimes owners (of restaurants, hotels or shops) were pushy, sometimes they acted friendly but turned into unhappy people as soon as they didn’t get what they wanted from me. Some tried to rip me off with fake taxes, wrong totals or made small lies to...

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The Advantages of Being an Artist Today

The Advantages of Being an Artist Today

Unless you are born in a family of artists, most heard that “being an artist” is not a real job and that if this is what we really want to do we are mostly doomed to living in poverty. Then today you will hear that the good times are over, this is the crisis, people don’t buy art, even galleries are having a hard time selling original art. I’ve been doing my art...

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Arts and Crafts Shows In Ontario

Arts and Crafts Shows In Ontario

My husband and I have been making a good living for 15 years from selling our hand-dyed clothes and also my art (7 years), at Arts & Crafts shows in Ontario. Every summer I meet new artists or crafters that want feedback and tips about the show circuit. I am always open to share all the information I have learned along the way.  I learned a lot from other artists and artisans because I have...

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What’s In The Price Of A Painting?

What’s In The Price Of A Painting?

Before I was an artist, I, too, thought that it is just outrageous that anyone would put these price tags on a bit of paint on canvas. Now that I make a living from my art, I realize everything that goes into selling a painting and you will see that a lot more goes into the final product.  The common question: In the same line of classic question, people will often ask “how long did it...

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