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Life’s Simple Pleasures

Moon Over Montague Beach

Every now and then I dedicate a post to little pleasures that; if they do not bring joy then they at least help me  get through the day.

BTW:  I had planned to write a post on the value of mediocrity but it came out stilted and preachy, so I abandoned it in favour of lighter fare:

Herewith are the simple pleasures of this mid-life man in no particular order of importance:

  1. Drink

 

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  Benjamin Franklin

After a 27 year hiatus, I’ve begun drinking beer again.  Not just any beer but Crabbies  an alcoholic ginger beer.  I was introduced to it by my friend the gynaecologist.  If you are not a Bahamian you won’t see the joke in that.  Since I drink about one beer every other month, I should finish a case of it by the middle of 2017.  The beer is sold at Liquid Courage.

 

  1. Music

 

Music is the universal language of mankind.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The type of music I’m listening to any given time is dependent upon the task at hand.  I have no real favourite genre.  Click the links and enjoy:

 

Soothing Classical Music Compilation – Writing at home or work.  Same music on repeat keeps me calm and (sometimes) focused:

Two Steps from Hell Compilations:  Cleaning my house, workshop, desk or any other unpleasant task that just has to be done.

 

Our Samplus or other Chill Mixes by Stay See – Sunday afternoons, light reading, any other opportunity to kick back and relax.  Warning: They’ve taken to inserting blaring ads in the middle of the track which definitely harshes the mellow.

 

Workout with weights/before contentious meetings at work – Electric Pow Wow Drums by A Tribe Called Red

 

Before I start woodturning – Heavy by Gucci Mane 

 

  1. Reading

 

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.    Mortimer J. Adler

 

The Way of the SEAL

Written by a former Navy SEAL Commander this book lays out through drills and exercises methods  to find your purpose, develop your focus, and forge mental toughness.  My favourite line in the book is the Smokejumpers Creed “Do today what others won’t; do tomorrow what others can’t”

 

Small Move Big Change.

Resolutions, why are they so hard to keep? This book argues that we most of our behaviours run on autopilot and so we do what we always do even when we want to do better.  By making microresolutions (small targeted resolutions) we have a better chance of changing our behaviour.  Since I have problems going to bed on time, my microresolution is to “Turn off all lights at 11:00 pm”. By doing this I avoid staying up until 2:00 am 

 

  1. Watching

 

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts. Orson Welles

 

The Story of God – A very broad topic.The show hosted by Morgan Freeman is interesting but shallow. National Geographic Channel

 

Vikings – Deceit, treachery, nation building, people being killed with war axes, swords and arrows.  Somehow it reminds me of work but with less treachery and more axes. The History Channel

 

The School of Life – Everything you really should have learned or they tried to teach you in school but condensed into five-minute lessons with nice pictures.  Here is my current favourite on Wisdom. Youtube

 

Thug Notes – Classics of Western Literature as interpreted by an insightful african-american gangsta.  Some of the books covered include; Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, The Fountainhead, Of Mice and Men, and more current fair such as The Life of Pi and The Hunger Games.

 

  1.     Hobbies

 

When your hobbies get in the way of your work – that’s OK; but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves… well. Steve Martin

 

The quote explains it best.  I like taking pictures of the Moon over Montague Beach.

 

Moon Over Montague Beach

Moon Over Montague Beach

That’s my list of current entertainment, what’s yours. Let me know in the comments.

 

PEACE.

How To Get Publicity for Your Art Show

Sea Urchin teapot with wooden parts

Getting people to come to an art show is almost an art in itself.  So where ever you are and whatever your artistic medium, consider this a quick and dirty guide to getting eyes on your work

Our second woodturning show opened to the public at Doongalik Studios on 28th February, 2016. The show was entitled ‘Growth’  featuring my work and that of David McGorrin and Robin Hardy.  Go here for pictures and read The Nassau Guardian’s story.

Here are five things you can do to get people in the door: 

Sea Urchin teapot with wooden parts

I’m A Little Teapot 2 by Jeremy Delancy

Social Networking & Social Media

Let me say emphatically that I don’t like Facebook and I’m not on twitter.  Luckily, I know people who love Facebook and are on twitter.  In my case that someone is K. Smith of The Place for Art and organizer of the Green Earth Festival.  I did a short press release, added a photo and he put it on his Facebook page. In less than a week 23 people confirmed they’d attend attend. That’s not much but way more that if I’d used my Facebook page.

Tip: Find that person among your friends with the most Facebook contacts and get them to do a little free marketing.

 

Use Your WhatsApp

I have less than 70 WhatsApp contacts including friends and family, but of that number, four have bought art from me in the last year, two more are regular customers.  I put everyone who might be interested into a WhatsApp group and invited them all.

Did everyone show up? Nope! Four people from the group showed up BUT one person bought two items.

Tip: Expect some people to drop out of your WhatsApp group immediately. For those who remain, a gentle reminder of time and location on the day of the show is a good idea.

Small wooden platter

Slots by Robin Hardy

Ditch the Technology

Certain age groups old people with money are not big users of Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.  A typed invitation on high-quality paper with an actual signature is appreciated by the more affluent. With so much electronic stimulation around me, I actually enjoyed writing the invitation letters as a change of pace.

Tip: See my post on who to send the letters to, here.

Don’t be afraid to pay for it

Art newsletters are probably the best thing to happen to the art world in the last two decades.  Every cosmopolitan  city has an art newsletter and Nassau is no exception.  For our show we paid $90 to be in the Bahamian Art & Culture newsletter on the 19th and 26th of February.  With over 5,000 subscribers interested in art it’s worth the money for the exposure.  

As part of her Doongalik Studios , Pamela Burnside featured ‘Growth’ in the galleries newsletter which goes out to 3,000 people.  This combination of art newsletters provide a one-two publicity punch.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to pay reasonable prices for publicity.

Getting on the Air

Few things are more likely to validate an artist in the public’s eye as much as seeing them on T.V  Last year we were featured on the Guardian Radio show, ‘Blank Canvas’.  This year we were lucky to be interviewed for the ZNS show ‘Arts and Entertainment’.  While the show will be aired after our exhibition has closed it will build awareness for next year while showcasing woodturning as an art form.  

Sunrise in Wood Art

Dawn by David McGorrin

Wrap Up

It doesn’t matter how good your art is if no one sees it and  as a budding artist you are less likely to continue working if no one buys it.

Attention is  precious and every opportunity or tool you can use to get it for your art work increases your chances of having a successful (Spelt: p-r-o-f-i-t-a-b-l-e) show.

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B.E.C Power Station

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New grad with sign looking for work

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Three Perils of Thought Leadership

Michael Collins at Rally

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