Keeping it Real

•March 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been thinking a lot about honesty and integrity lately. As I have gotten older it has become more important to me to try to be the best person I can be and have become hyper aware of the abundance of choices I make every day that involve honesty and integrity both in my personal life and as an artist. There is a lot to consider when trying to be the best person we can be, of course we all say we want to be a better person with all the intention our little hearts can muster but what does that mean? What does it mean to be a “good person” a better person~ to be real? How can we take up the best possible space in this world and leave it with very few regrets and leave the people and environment a little better for our being here? None of us are perfect and we can’t beat ourselves up for not picking up every piece of trash and opening every door for every older person but I have thought of some simple things that are more for our personal, everyday interactions. I am no expert but what if perhaps we were a bit more conscious of our behavior;

…perhaps being more free with giving compliments to others when we have the opportunity.

… perhaps not talking about ourselves so much and listening to others more. Put our egos in the back seat!

… perhaps keeping our tempers in check and considering other perspectives.

perhaps being honest right away with people even if it’s really hard so others know you say what you mean and mean what you say.

… perhaps forgiving our loved ones and having those difficult conversations that we dread or a least attempt to let go of the resentments. (this may be the hardest thing for which I look to the Dahli Lahma for advice, lol!)

… perhaps sticking up for someone when it’s not popular but it’s “the right thing to do.”

…perhaps taking care of our self better so we can care for others around us.

…perhaps checking ourselves before speaking and giving ourselves time to react to situations with thoughtfulness and without selfishness.

…it’s admitting we’re wrong when we realize we are wrong.

IT’S ABOUT DOING WHAT’S RIGHT WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT!

I love Maya Angelou’s quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

I believe this way of conducting ourselves helps us all get through this roller coaster of a world together and helps us all have a more pleasant ride. I can’t imagine this life without my family and friends who make this place so very much richer and more bearable. I can’t imagine my life without laughter and honest communication. I need and look for role models who are wiser than me and lead the way in showing me how to lead a better life. For me it’s not about religion. It’s not about doing good or being good to get a ticket into heaven, it’s about doing what’s right because our experience here is much better when we all treat each other with honesty and compassion. As the Unitarians say, “This life is hard enough without worrying about the next.” That being said, there is much good advice in the holy books of the world and most encourage leading a good and honest life and even have guidelines to achieve this ie; the ten commandments in the bible and there is much value in following those guidelines if only we would. We can’t change what we’ve done in the past but we can move forward with better intent and a more mindful approach to the way we conduct ourselves- and I believe there is much personal reward and meaning in doing so.

As an artist, I am grappling with keeping the honesty and integrity of my work. It’s all tied together for me. It’s about everything. I look for real people these days to spend my time with. It’s about being real and keeping it REAL! (and I know I am not alone in this pursuit). Let us raise a glass to honesty and integrity. Cheers!

(Again, these are just the “ponderings” of an an average person trying to navigate life- no expert opinion here.)

Defferent But The Same (for Zapp Metalic)

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The Word for 2019

•January 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been thinking a lot about 2019 and how to best proceed forward into it, both personally and as an artist. I know the changing of the year is just a day but society has deemed it something to pay attention to and so we can see it as we wish; a time to start over, clear our slate or generally re-think old habits and try to make changes. This year I have thought of a word to move forward with; a single word which I have deemed my word for 2019. My word is UNITY. This word seems to be on my mind on so many levels. Most folks can guess why this might be an important word for the year and we need not look further than a social media post, a tv news flash or the words of family or friends to see the division. I am looking at UNITY as a beautiful word these days, one I have taken for granted my entire life. Suddenly, I ponder how anything gets done on a large or small scale? How does anybody get along and make decisions based on what is right and based on the facts at hand…? How do families, companies, governments and organizations accomplish anything?  Obviously, wonderful things have been accomplished throughout human history because of unity. Suddenly people coming together seems so moving, so necessary and so beautiful.

I am pondering many pieces of art with the idea of “unity” but I am also thinking of “unity” on a personal level as a well. I am going to make a concerted effort to find unity all around me; in my family, in organizations and businesses. Finally, I am going to try to unify the things in my life that are divided. As an artist I tend to hide in my studio and go it alone much of the time- one artist against the raging wind of the world! I understand that one person cannot always go it alone and collaboration can be rewarding and even enjoyable (I’m laughing a little as I write this as artists can be a bit reclusive).

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ~ Baha ‘U’ Llah

 

 

Studio Time

•September 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Increasingly, I am finding that I enjoy and crave my studio time more than I enjoy the chaos of festival prep, set up and vendor drama. Don’t get me wrong, I love people and talking about my art and, of course, selling my art but the allure of getting lost in my work in my own little space has become a definite need for me. I am finding that I have less patience for the taxing little issues with displays and the tent and weather. Every booth space is different and every display brings its own troubling headaches.  It is never “done” or over or resolved because there is always something to improve or adapt to make easier or to stream-line.  A tent display is ever-changing so therefore is never easy. Then there is the weather. Weather is the wild card always. There are never any guarantees when doing an outdoor festival largely do to the weather of the day. The effort involved in preparing and packing and setting up and taking down an entire display for an art festival is a lot of work. It is therapeutic to commiserate with other artists about this because those of us who do it very much have a lot to say on the subject.

I can’t ignore the positives or the pros of selling art from a tent in a festival though; the lovely, appreciative customers, the happy festive environment and the interaction with other artists are very rewarding. Still, my favorite part about being an artist is working in my quiet little studio, coaxing ideas into reality and though I must sell my work to be able to continue to do what I do, I believe all success starts with the simple, basic passion of your craft. Because nothing authentic can come without that quiet beginning. And so it goes.

2018 Studio Sale

•May 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Come join me in my studio and enjoy relaxed browsing of my extraordinary, mixed media earrings plus rare dicounts on select earrings, see what new pieces I’m working on and meet my 3 special guests! You may find a gift for yourself or for your mother for MOTHER’S DAY.🌹 There will be wine, Massage, lovely herbal items to savor and share and quality art for that perfect place on your wall or mantle. PLUS, a percentage of everything you buy will go to The

COCOON SHELTER.

SPECIAL GUUSTS:

*Deb Baerwaldt, LMT

HEALING SAPPHIRE MASSAGE

*Becky White-Schooner

SCHOONER FARMS

*Kathy Pereira de Almeida

ALMEIDA DESIGN

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Success and Rejection

•January 31, 2018 • 4 Comments

This morning I was notified that I have been accepted into the WEARABLE ART FAIR in Philadelphia, PA. This will be a new venue for me and after many rejections from various art festivals over the last year, I am both surprised and delighted. I applied to this show because, well, I make art that is wearable, ha, ha! (I like to think so anyway). Listen, It’s hard to be confident in this business and I just want to say to other artists that failure is part of the art gig and I will never lie about all of my rejections and failures. Rejections don’t define the artist or the art and if they don’t make you give up they can make you stronger (you know what they say about what doesn’t kill you?). Art is subjective. Stephen King said that when he received his first rejection letter from a publisher he rejoiced and stuck it on a nail and said, “Now I’m a real writer!” And of course he went on to publish eventually (big time). Being a festival/gallery/online artist is not for sissies; if you get too confident you will fall, if you lack too much self-confidence you will not excel. Your spine must be strong and skin thick. It’s that fine balance of putting yourself out there and working hard to preserve the integrity of your creative process.  Alone time working and also marketing yourself are two very contrasting skills and many artists struggle to do both well.  I’m sure there are more rejections ahead of me but I guess my attitude is to just keep on doing what I do and the little successes that happen are that much more rewarding because I will know how hard I’ve worked for them and how I  was able to navigate the negative land minds of my mind.

“An artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” ~Ananda Coomaraswany

Soldier on my friends.

https://www.annmbeckartist.com/

Wild & Free Exhibition 

•October 10, 2017 • 1 Comment

Honored to have this opportunity to share my work! 
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My New Online Shop Is Up!

•June 3, 2017 • 1 Comment

This is not at all how I saw myself selling my work 5 years ago.  I resisted the idea of selling my art work online.  I love interacting with people and most of my sales were from festivals and galleries.  It is still unknown how successful this venture will turn out to be but I am hopeful. Because my artwork is wearable I do have an advantage, however because it is jewelry, I get lost in the google sea!  I am still working on my SEO (Search Engine Optimizer) but it’s a learning process for me.  Finding key words that will help customers locate me in a sea of competition is really difficult!  Honestly, I am learning so much that I had no idea there was to know about the internet.  I started with “unique earrings” as a key word (we can give Google up to 5 key short descriptions or words for the SEO).  Apparently “unique earrings” is not a good key word according to SEO analytics given through my website provider, neither is fun earrings or funky or hip or super cool.  In my frustration I resorted to cool fucking earrings.  Apparently that was only slightly better. So establishing an online presence is not easy  but there is more than one way to do this which I am learning. It seems where the internet is concerned there is always more than one way to accomplish something.

The truth is I have been having fun first designing my website and then adding the shop.  We will see how it goes.

Here is my online shop:

https://www.annmbeckartist.com/shop

 
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