Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Give it Your Best Shot

Let's play a little guessing game. I'm going to give you a list of benefits and I'd like you to guess what I'm describing. OK ?
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Improves immune function
  • Releases endorphins and other beneficial neurotransmitters
  • Naturally relieves pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Decreases heart rate and blood pressure (lowering risk of heart disease)
  • Fewer doctor's visits and lower medication use
  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer's disease
  • Improves outcomes in patients with cancer
So what do you think? Some miracle drug?  An newly discovered ancient healing remedy? Nope ~ ~ it's Creative Expression !!

In her ground-breaking book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, Dr. Lissa Rankin states that "flexing your creative muscles is as important to overall health and happiness as flexing your biceps!"

Sadly, the opposite holds true, as well. Your health can actually be harmed when creative expression is denied, repressed or withheld.

So ~ I've said it before and I'll say it again ~ Take that first step ~ that teeny, tiny baby step. Do something ~ Do anything. You could even start with crayons or markers and a coloring book.

Speaking of coloring books ~ In the past few months, I have come upon multiple instances of Coloring Books or Coloring Sheets for Adults!! One was actually a Color-It-Yourself Marketing E-Book. 

So, I've decided to make it real easy for you ~ here's a copy of a Black and White Doodle Page. I call it "Color Challenge." Print it out and go to it! Let me know how you enjoyed it !!!

"Doodle-rama" by Susan Schanerman

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

30 Marketing Ideas ~ Day 14

The task for Day 14 of the 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days Challenge is to offer something FREE for Signing Up for my Newsletter (in the box on the right) "Liking" my Facebook Fan Page and/or Making a Comment here on the heARTmatters Blog. You'l get One (1) Entry in the Drawing for each thing you do. 

So, I've decided to give away an 8" x 10" Mounted and Matted Doodle Quote. 

At the end of May, I'll pick the Lucky WINNER and they'll receive the above. 

30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days ~ Day 6

Here's another new process I just learned ~ Creating a Photo Badge ~it was very easy using Picmonkey. Interesting how adding borders can make such a huge difference.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days ~ Day 5

Day 5 of the 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days Challenge had us create a collage of some of our work. I had never done anything like it before so I did have some trouble at first. Then it just flowed. I think it looks great.

Unfortunately, my computer then proceeded to crash. I tried everything I knew to do and had to wait until my son could come over today to get it working again. At least, I had the a chance to see and play with Jaylynn. Here it is!! 

"heART Collage" by Susan Schanerman

Monday, May 6, 2013

An Oldie but a Goodie

I know I already posted an article earlier today but this is actually an assignment as part of Day 2 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Marketing Ideas in 30 Days Challenge. We are to take an older painting and post it on Facebook, our blog and her blog. http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/

"The Dance of Spring" by Susan Schanerman
8-1/2" x 11"
Original Watercolor Painting

I've already done the FB post and will post on her blog as soon as I finish here. I'm excited to have found this opportunity because I so want to learn new and improved ways of selling my heARTwork!

I just checked back on FB and a long-time friend in Florida suggested that this would look great on a silk scarf! Interesting !!

Be Yourself

"Be Yourself"
by Susan Schanerman
I heard the most interesting story the other day. I was in the car, listening to Performance Today on Public Radio and the announcer began talking about George Gershwin

Brought up on jazz and a diehard lover of jazz, Gershwin judged himself (as he imagined others judged him) as a lesser composer because he did not write in the standard classical style of the Great Masters.
So, he decided to go to Paris with the intention of studying with the great Maurice Ravel. Ravel asked a simple question in response to Gershwin’s request, “Would you rather be a 2nd rate Ravel or a 1st rate Gershwin?”

For some reason, I was compelled to see if I could find any additional information online. Here’s the story I found on the Carnegie Hall website.

On March 7, 1928 Gershwin met the celebrated composer Maurice Ravel in New York. The occasion was a party held for Ravel’s 53rd birthday. The following night would be Ravel's one-and-only performance at Carnegie Hall.

The 29 year-old Gershwin did an impromptu performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" and “The Man I Love” which thoroughly impressed Ravel. Apparently, Ravel so deeply respected Gershwin’s natural melodic gift, that he refused Gershwin’s request for composition lessons. It’s reported that he replied, “It is better to write good Gershwin than bad Ravel, which is what would happen if you worked with me."

After hearing the radio story, I was struck by the idea that even someone like George Gershwin, who had already reached such a great level of recognition and accomplishment, still had concerns over the opinions of others and doubts about his own unique genius.

I guess part of the challenge in being true to our Selves, honoring the leadings of our hearts, celebrating our own individuality . . . in our art, as well as our lives, is having the strength and tenacity to stand firm despite the turbulent winds of popular opinion.