My latest newsletter was about resolutions: I am keeping my resolutions for 2011 simple: More chocolate, More painting, More tennis. My newsletters also function as a thinly veiled marketing ploy to get my latest art work in front of people's faces, but you didn't read that here.
To make a newsletter interesting, you have to give people a thought or a glimpse of something personal. After all, they signed up for my newsletter because they liked my painting, so what else can they expect?
Very often, a reader will respond to some blog post I've written saying that I inspired them in some way. I never thought of myself as an inspirational figure ( I think you have to be taller than 4'11"), but I have found the teaching I've been doing CAN inspire other artists to try new things.
So, in my last newsletter, I suggested to readers that they should take the plunge. If there is something you've been wanting to try for a long time, but just haven't gotten around to it, put it on your TO DO list in 2011 - AND THEN DO IT. Hope I'm not sounding too much like a Nike commercial. Most of the time, it's just inertia or plain old fear of failure that keeps us from trying new things.
I wish someone had kicked me in the butt and got me into painting DECADES ago. When I was in college, it was fear of failure that pushed me out of my art major into something safe that would pay the bills when I graduated. If I had stuck with the art, I bet I'd be famous by now!
Click here to see my latest newsletter - then take the plunge.