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Positively Creative

The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how her creative friends are making it in their respective fields.

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013 - Emily Jeffords on Painting Collections, Getting Buyers to Connect with her Art via Instagram, and Only Doing the Creative Work she Enjoys

Dorothy chats with Emily Jeffords, a fine artist from Greenville, South Carolina.  Emily's well known for her dreamy abstract oil landscape paintings, her more than perfectly beautiful Instagram account, and her workshops ranging from local to abroad. "If you're doing what you're enjoying and if you're doing what makes you happy in the moment, that's going to be the most successful. That's going to be the most vibrant for you and your collectors, if that's what's going to resonate, if you want to have collaborations with big brands or blogs, the things that make you happy speaks the loudest." -Emily Jeffords "People need to connect with art a bit more tangibly than maybe we've been able to in the past." -Emily Jeffords, on why she shares her story via Instagram  See more of Emily Jeffords' work: http://emilyjeffords.com/ www.instagram.com/emilyjeffords Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community: www.positivelycreative.net www.instagram.com/positivelycreativepodcast www.facebook.com/groups/positivelycreativepodcast On Today's Show: (4:45) Emily's Instagram Philosophy  (6:30) #doitfortheprocess (9:30) how to recreate the fun part of creating in your brain  (10:30) Instagram for Creatives  (11:30) Business Coaching, Workshops (11:45) French Workshop this summer (15:30) on being pregnant during a Europe trip (19:30) A typical day for Emily (20:00) Her studio space (24:00) fine art prints + new print collection (26:00) on releasing collections (34:00) different streams of revenue (35:30) Joseph Bradley (37:00) Glory Day Loflin (38:00) Dorothy Shain (39:00) preparing for baby (42:00) on collaborations

46mins

13 Jul 2017

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026 - Beth Winterburn, Fine Artist on Releasing Art Collections Online, Pricing Her Work, and Selling Work from Craft Fairs to Restaurants and Anthropologie

Dorothy had the chance to sit down with Beth Winterburn, an abstract fine artist and discuss how she started creating abstract thanks to a friend's request.  Beth discusses how she prices her artwork and how she releases collections online, which helps with seasons of creating, packaging, uploading online, and helps give herself breaks. For more Beth Winterburn: http://www.ebw-artwork.com/ (3:00) Art 101 elements and principles of art as her guide (5:00) @ebw_artwork (6:00) Beth's art background (17:00) growing her studio from kid mode (19:00) her first abstract piece 4 years ago (20:00) started selling from Instagram, her online portfolio (26:00) using acrylic inks (31:00) starting to sell at festivals, Double Decker, Memphis Maker Market (33:00) went to workshops and one-on-one online classes, learning taxes and being a small business owner (34:00) good advice on pricing her artwork  (36:00) on selling artwork at restaurants, currently selling her artwork at Catherine & Marys, River Oaks (37:00) Falling into Place, Pickering Boxwood, selling wholesale to France (40:00) on releasing collections online  (46:00) Crosstown Arts, Ken Hall curating, Janet Smith, Kat Gore, Lisa Williamson, Grit (49:00) how she creates commission pieces (54:00) collaboration with Artfully Walls and getting into Anthropologie

1hr 9mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #2

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068 - Jess Franks, Fine Artist on Layering Acrylic, Working with Minted, & Colorful Collections

Today on the podcast I am joined by fine artist Jess Franks. We talked about her creative childhood, the winding journey she took to becoming an artist and why she is drawn to her current artistic style. Jess also shares the power of layers and changing subjects as well as her personal opinion about painting with acrylic vs. oil. About Jess Franks: Jess Franks is known for vibrant acrylic paintings that dance the line between real and abstract. As a magazine graphic designer by trade (including work for Greenville Magazine, South Carolina Magazine, and Mechanical Engineering Magazine), she has spent countless hours on her computer poring over photography. A few years ago she discovered that painting not only allows her to delve back into a more tactile world, but also to create scenes in radical colors that no photo could capture. She uses the familiar structures of the natural world around her to explore new palettes, resulting in paintings that are at once both unexpected yet accessible. In between paintings, Jess has spent much of her time researching how social media and online commerce can create communities and sustain artists through untraditional avenues. She has found an incredibly interactive art-collecting community on Instagram and uses that platform as her primary location for studio updates and shop news. Her prints are sold at Minted, Anthropologie, WestElm, and MaineCottage. Jess has placed in multiple contests on Minted, including first and second place wins in the Minted X West Elm contests, and a third place win in the Minted X Domino contest. She lives with her husband and brood of children in New England. Website: https://www.jessfranksart.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessfranksart/ Links: Fredericks Canvas Minted To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

45mins

30 May 2019

Rank #3

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051 - Bari J, Surface Pattern Designer, on Licensing Artwork, Pattern Design Workflow, & Getting a Book Deal!

Have you ever thought about licensing your artwork? Well, today I'm talking with Bari J all about how she got started as a surface pattern designer and how she put herself out there to get her first fabric company to license. We chat about how to educate yourself about pattern design, her favorite products she's created, and all about her new book. We also dive into her process and how she finds inspiration for her collections. About Bari J:Bari J. is a lifestyle brand that spans many categories including wall art, fabric, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more.   I'm an artist. As a very visual person, I probably always was, but I didn't always create art. I was a fashionista sort in high school, and I was crazy for interior design. But I was busy singing and dancing and being an actress. I never ever thought I could make art. My mom was the artist. I was the actress. That was that. I came to art in my early thirties as a way to express myself when my children were young. Out of college, I had worked in advertising. And though I started college as a theatre major I graduated college with a degree in Social Sciences and Women's Studies. Not really related to art, I'd say. But when our now almost grown girls were little, I was always puttering around. I wanted our home to be different. I didn't want it to look like a page from a Pottery Barn catalog. I wanted it to look like us. And I also didn't want to dress from a catalog. At the time, I started making jewelry from found objects and then collage art as well. Soon I was sewing handbags and created a small business under the name Bari J. selling luscious fabric bags... and the Curated Maximalist Style was born (though I didn't know that quite yet). After several years, I decided I needed my own fabric for the bags, and with a background in graphic design for advertising, I started teaching myself to design fabric. A year later, I licensed my first line of fabric. It was a "painterly" line called Full Bloom that most assumed I had painted by hand. But I hadn't. For years I continued to create art just in the computer... and then I took the leap. Paint. And I was hooked. Now years later I know what was always true. I am an artist. And I am a painter. Since then I have created 15 collections of fabric, art for wall paper, home decor, wall art, and much more. The Curated Maximalist Style has become part of who I am and what I do. Links: Episode 45 - Angie Avard Turner, Lawyer of Prepd for Success on Protecting Your Intellectual Property, Contracts for Creatives, & Copyrighting Images Website: https://barijdesigns.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barij/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/barij/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BariJdesigns/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9pNVddXV5GWCkXHl5ZvbhQ To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

46mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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005 - Valerie McKeehan of Lily and Val on Licensing Artwork, Working with a Spouse, and Opening a Brick & Mortar Shop

Today’s Positively Creative guest is Valerie McKeehan, creator of the chalk lettering art company and gift and lifestyle brand, Lily and Val.  Valerie speaks on how she creates new products, the new product the Keepsake Kitchen Diary, and how they recently opened a brick and mortar shop.  Listen along for her tips on managing and building a team with your spouse, licensing vs. manufacturing, and evolving the brand's aesthetic. See more of Lily & Val: www.lilyandval.com www.instagram.com/valeriemckeehan www.instagram.com/lilyandval   Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community:   www.positivelycreative.net www.instagram.com/positivelycreativepodcast www.facebook.com/groups/positivelycreativepodcast On Today's Show: (2:00) How Lily & Val started (6:00) Marketing background helped build the brand (8:00) Manufacturing and licensing (14:00) Working with a Spouse (15:00) Keepsake Kitchen Diary (19:00) Brick & Mortar Location (20:00) Valerie's Daily Routine (21:00) On managing a collaborative environment (25:00) Valerie's creative routine (26:00) The Power of Full Engagement book (29:00) Society for Creative Founders (40:00) National Stationery Show (49:00) On evolving the brand (58:00) Teaching Workshops

1hr 3mins

19 May 2017

Rank #5

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015 - Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber on Licensing Illustrations, Growing Wholesale, & Pivoting in Your Business

Today Dorothy talks to Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber, a paper goods and home decor company that offers classic animal-centric illustrated designs that are sweet enough for children, but smart enough for adults.  Stacie fills us in on the nitty gritty of growing Gingiber from the ground up, online and in the wholesale world, now in 300 + retail stores and licenses her artwork to many big name brands.  She discusses how important it is to be capable of pivoting in your business when needed.   "Gingiber is hear to make people happy.  Whatever we have on a card, whatever we have an image, whatever we have on a tea towel, it's going to make someone smile."   "The reason people will keep working with you, it's not just if you were a good artist, it's if you are a nice person they will remember you.  You can say thank you, and then you can show your thank you with a note in the mail, or sending an email.  Little acts of gratitude go a long way and building those relationships.  If you have a good opportunity, recognize it is, and do some research, send them a thank you note, and really work on that relationship." "I don't need better products.  I just need slightly better than person to my left and person to my right.  Or, I just need to find a way to stand out a little bit more."  See more of Gingiber here: https://gingiber.com/ Find resources, instagram, and our Facebook Community at: www.positivelycreative.net On Today's Show: (4:00) On Gingiber's start (5:45) Decor8 blog - Holly Becker (6:00) Featured Etsy seller 2011 THE WEEK AFTER HER BABY WAS DUE!!! (9:00) On how wholesale has grown to 300+ retailers (10:00) Grace with Pink Olive School (11:00) National Stationery Show (14:00) producing her tea towels with Orchard Street Press (16:00) Meet the Gingiber team  (21:00) working with wholesale reps Paper & Heart  & Gelhert Group & Elements Rep Group (27:00) displays for retail shops  (30:00) Atlanta Wholesale Market (33:00) Wholesale Booth in a Box in lieu of NSS (37:00) 16 week small business course with SBA  (41:00) How I Built This podcast  (42:00) on licensing your work (44:00) Land of Nod, Crane & Co, West Elm, MODA Fabrics partnerships (52:00) on Shopify (53:00) Trello boards for wholesale, increasing reorders (57:00) Stacie's creative process as a working mom (1:02:00) upcoming work with illustrations (1:05:00) Beth 1canoe2 (1:06:00) Kristen Ley Thimblepress ( 1:07:00) moglea , Paper Bandit Press, Emily McDowell, & Erin Austin Abbott of Amelia Presents (1:14:00) The Gingiber Studio  (1:19:00) team retreat & guidebook

1hr 30mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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003 - Kristen Ley of Thimblepress on Building a Brand Through Hard Work & Faith, Managing a Team, & How New Products Form In House and Through Collaborations

Today’s Positively Creative guest is Kristen Ley, founder and owner of Thimblepress, a lifestyle company that encourages kindness and inspires fun, through her letterpress and watercolor greeting cards, kindness cards, Push-Pop Confetti, and tons of other adorable products!  Kristen fills us in on her creative process, ranging from how she came up with the "Your butt looks great in those jeans!" card to The Day Dreamer Journal.  Kristen and Dorothy discuss the backstory of Thimblepress' early days, how she manages her team and working on collaborations all inside the Thimblepress headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, and how she stays positive by leaning on her faith to stay optimistic.   "You really want to hire your weaknesses." -Kristen Ley "If I could laugh through my whole life, I would be a happy girl. Keeping that kid-like innocence and mentality I think is one of the biggest things you can do for enjoying your life." - Kristen Ley "There's bravery in seeking after opportunity." -Kristen Ley "When you're passionate about something, sometimes you can put blinders on.  Which is good and bad." -Kristen Ley See more of Thimblepress' work: www.thimblepress.com Thimblepress' The Thread Blog Thimblepress for Target   Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community:   www.positivelycreative.net www.instagram.com/positivelycreativepodcast www.facebook.com/groups/positivelycreativepodcast On Today's Show: (10:00) Double Decker Art Festival  (11:00) Renegade Craft Fair (16:00) Thimblepress won best booth display (20:00) National Stationery Show (22:00) State Flower Collection (24:00) On Hiring Employees (28:00) Visual Layout of Brick & Mortar Thimblepress (38:00) Her Creative Process / Kindness Cards / The Day Dreamer (48:00) Thimblepress x Target Collaboration (57:00) pillows throwonline.com (58:00) Speak Wines

1hr 9mins

19 May 2017

Rank #7

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020 - Pro Panel Q&A: Maker Booths on applying to craft fairs, how to set up your booth, to selling at festivals with Signet Sealed, Texstyle, Ella Jude, & Falling Into Place

Today's episode is one for the books!  Host Dorothy Collier moderates Pro Panel: Market Booths, hosted by Creative Works & Tuesdays Together.  Panelists Sarah Baumann of Signet Sealed, Josh Samuels of EllaJude, Samilia Colar of Textyle, & Mary Claire White of Falling into Place share their wealth of knowledge on the nitty gritty of craft festivals and what it takes from A to Z.  They discuss application tips and tricks when trying to get into juried shows, on why applying early to shows matters, how to prepare your product before the show and how to display it within your booth once at the art fair, how to sell to customers and so much more!   $15 e-book on how to sell at shows Positively Creative Newsletter - Subscribe for awesomeness! On Today's Show: (5:00) Dan with Creative Works, Conference in October (10:00) Introductions, how many shows the panel does a year, and first mishaps (22:00) Application process and finding shows  (26:00) Zapplication (28:00) Sourcebook (32:00) How do you prepare your products for a show? (38:00) packaging, giveaways, and pricing (41:00) What's in your show bag? (43:00) What goes into building your booth?   (51:00) Falling Into Place Displays (55:00) Booth signage and booth placement (1:05:00) Why "I'll be back..." is a lie (1:06:00) What is your sales approach when people come into your booth? (1:14:00) show specials (1:18:00) e-book on how to sell at shows (1:18:00) Renegade Pinterest board (1:19:00) show insurance, collecting sales tax (1:27:00) Southern Artist Facebook group (1:30:00) "Spilling out" of your booth  (1:32:00) taking payment on the phone vs. ipad (1:35:00) setting up inventory in Square (1:36:00) sources for packaging - ULine, Clear Bags, Nashville Wraps, Bags Unlimited, Planet Packaging in Memphis, Papermark (1:38:00) price points that sell, your prices in regards to wholesale, undercutting your competition (1:42:00) Have you ever run into theft? (1:44:00) Bringing animals to festivals (1:47:00) brand identity (1:51:00) Where do you sit in the booth? (1:54:00) network issues when taking credit cards (1:56:00) how much product do you put out? (1:58:00) admission ticket to get in to shows vs. free to general public shows

2hr 1min

31 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 34 - Evelyn Henson, Illustrator, on Building a Brand, Dropshipping Products Online & Learning From Mistakes

On this episode of Positively Creative, Evelyn Henson shares about developing products & figuring out how to ship them. Evelyn also talks about the pros of dropshipping products, how she leverages her shopify store, and the trial and error of being a business owner and how she uses her mistakes to grow! About Evelyn: Brushed with a love for all things creative, I grew up in Columbus, GA. After my 3rd grade teacher pulled me aside for writing "too small" (I had just made tiny handwriting the classroom trend), I probably should have known I would be an artist of some sort, but it took me about a decade after that day to finally pick up the paintbrush. I first discovered my love for painting when I attempted a floral still life as a Mother's Day gift in 2012 after two friends kindly gave me an old box of paints they didn't want. I honestly haven't been able to put down the paint brush since---there's something about art that brings out my happiest, brightest self.   I started selling my work in May 2013 following my college graduation. At the time, I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, so let's just say I'm very thankful that my art business turned out to be more successful than my post-grad job hunt. It started with just a few art prints on Etsy, and has slowly evolved into a colorful & happy brand that has been seen in Glamour, Domino, Redbook, People, and more. I'm currently based in Charlotte, NC. Led by the mantra "painting is a celebration of life" I seek to create stylish art that's uplifting & bright. My happy palette finds inspiration in the colors and patterns within everyday life. Picasso said that "inspiration exists, but it has to find you working," &, thanks to countless hours spent with a paintbrush in hand, art's taught me to recognize appreciate the little things. Through this colorfully inspired lens, I hope to create pieces that brighten your day and bring sunshine to your home. Website: https://www.evelynhenson.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evelyn_henson/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evelynhenson Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/evelynhenson/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/evelynhenson Links: To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

47mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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067 - Kimberly Zukley, Fine Artist, on Expanding Upon Your Niche, Exploring Mediums, & Growing Organically

On today's podcast, Kimberly Zukley and I dive deep into how we are inspired to use new mediums and resources we use to learn new techniques. Kimberly also shares her journey to become a full-time artist and her creative life as a mom and artist. Links: Skillshare Jerry’s Artarama Instagram Donald Robertson’s Instagram Steve Waterval’s Instagram About Kimberly: Kimberly is a fine artist based in Mobile, Alabama, where she creates collections of animal hide and reptile skin motifs using various mediums and processes. Her work showcases bold colors and refreshing marks in an abstract yet slightly representational manner.   Kimberly earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The University of Mississippi where she studied traditional art and graphic design. Connect with Kimberly:Website | Instagram | Pinterest To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

40mins

2 May 2019

Rank #10

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031 - Molly Hatch on Growing Her Brand While Licensing Her Work

We are kicking off season 2 with Molly Hatch! Molly is a full-time, studio potter whose work has been seen in stores like Anthropologie, Land of Nod, and Target, just to name a few! Her designs have expanded beyond tableware to a variety of lifestyle products and Molly’s collections of home goods are bringing her modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home. In this episode, we chat about how Molly started working with Anthropologie and how she's been able to grow her brand while licensing her work. About Molly: Born the daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Molly was raised to be creatively industrious. Using her imagination and love of drawing to make everything from her well known idiosyncratic ceramics to quirky pen-and-ink drawings. Molly’s craft is finely honed, her designs whimsically literal and pop-culturally on-point. Working from her home studio, Molly began making her living as a full-time studio potter in 2008. Her formal education in ceramics and drawing resulted in the development of her signature style. Making contemporary ceramics inspired by history, Molly’s career as a studio potter quickly garnered a loyal following. Molly’s designs have expanded beyond tableware to a wide range of lifestyle products and Molly is actively growing collections of home goods to bring her modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home. Website: https://mollyhatch.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollyhatch/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrsmollyhatch/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollyhatchdesign/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mollyhatch Links: To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

47mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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072 - Kimberly Sundt on Customer Experience, Vision Boards, & Bringing Value to your Customers

Do you ever think about what kind of experience you’re providing to your customers? Today on the podcast, I'm chatting with Kimberly Sundt on how to add value to your customers. We talk about the feeling we want our customers to have and how important it is to share your story as an online shop owner. We even chat about vision boards and how helpful they are in creating a positive customer experience. About Kimberly Sundt: Based in Atlanta, Kimberly helps hospitality-based businesses bring together marketing, customer experience and execution. In boutique hotels and other spaces, she focuses on customer experiences that affect the way guests feel, lead to stronger relationships, and is seen in customer chatter. This results in a brand that resonates, has a soul, and lives throughout all parts of a business.  Her blog, Pineapple Ponderings, is Thoughts on the Style and Business of Hospitality Website: https://www.kimberlysundt.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberlysundt/ Blog: https://www.pineappleponderings.com Links: To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! You know I love sharing resources that I’m using and one of those is Constant Contact. Head to positivelycreative.net/resourses to start your free trial! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

42mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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044 - Kate Waddell, Painter, on Staying Consistent, Galleries vs. Online Sales, & Staying Encouraged Through Seasons of Frustration

I'm so excited to chat with Kate Waddell on today's episode! We talk about how she's built her business through commissions, online sales and galleries and how she decides which paintings become prints. We also talk about working through slow time periods and how to stop comparing yourself to others. About Kate:Here are some little tid-bits about me: I was born and raised in Columbus, Ga and then ventured on to the fairytale city of Charleston, SC where I attended the College of Charleston & earned my degree in Studio Art. After my first painting class at the college, I left very discouraged in my seemingly horrible painting style and was determined to never paint again. My professor, Tony Csavas, encouraged me in my different style and is one of the main reasons why I kept painting. Too, I am a follower of Jesus and through painting, I see the beauty of His creation & the Joy that comes from that. I have always loved people, the human figure and color. Inspired mostly by light and color, I try to embody Cezanne in painting subjects in such a way that allows a human eye to detect the image through color and line. With that, my hope is to paint the things I see in a refreshing and distinct way. Website: https://katewaddellart.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katewaddellart/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katewaddellart/ Well & Wonder Gallery: http://wellandwondercollective.com/ To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

46mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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S2 Ep 36 - Dorothy Shain, Fine Artist, on Fostering Connections to Create Dream Collaborations & Building a Bucket List for Your Career

In this episode, Dorothy Shain shares about her life in Greenville, SC, how she discovered she could have a career in art and how she views her style and voice. We also chat about collaborations that have shaped her business, how to overcome the fear of rejection when seeking partnerships and why building connections is important. About Dorothy: Dorothy Shain, a Greenville, South Carolina based artist, has a dynamic portfolio.  She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a B.A. in studio art. From her collages and patterns to her landscapes, Dorothy’s exploration of mediums is reflective of the colors, textures, and patterns drawn from her adventures around the globe.  Heavily influenced by her travels, which commenced during a college Semester at Sea, Dorothy has taken her experiences back to her studio allowing the art to reveal the inspirations and influence of the cultures, people and places seen. She is constantly fueled, as an individual and an artist, by traveling to new places, meeting new people, and being outdoors.  These three things constantly remind her of her place in the world and her connection to it. Website: http://www.dorothyshain.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorothy_shain/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorothyshainart/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dshain/ Links: Silk Scarves by Dorothy Shain in collaboration with CITY Boots: https://cityboots.com/collections/city-scarf This 100% silk scarf is inspired by the beauty of Texas and the love of exploration. With your scarf, we hope you take a little piece of Texas wherever you go. 100% silk, 34"x 34" To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

44mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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006 - Hillary Butler Fine Art on Hosting Art Workshops, How to Balance New Mama Life and Her Art Career & More

Today’s Positively Creative guest is Hillary Butler, an abstract artist that believes if you show up and do the work, your creativity will flow.  As a new mom, Hillary fills me in on how she uses her time wisely in the studio, creating commission pieces through her mock up method.  She shares how she shows gratitude towards her customers through her emails and through giving the best gifts ever!     See more of Hillary Butler Fine Art: www.hillarybutler.com www.instagram.com/hillarybutlerfineart   Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community:   www.positivelycreative.net www.instagram.com/positivelycreativepodcast www.facebook.com/groups/positivelycreativepodcast   On Today’s Show:   (9:00) On being a new mama while still painting (12:45) How to host art workshops (13:30) Blueprint Retreat (16:00) On teaching at Falling into Place (21:00) Her mock up method for commissions (28:30) Releasing collections (35:00) Connecting with your audience in person (50:00) Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work! & Steal Like an Artist (56:00) S-Town (1:00:00) Manage Your Day-to-Day (1:13:00) On being the best gift giver ever (1:18:00) How to reply when asked about being an artist

1hr 24mins

25 May 2017

Rank #15

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030 - Dorothy's 2017 Reflections on Making What You Want to Make, Being Your Own Boss, & Daily Journals on InstaStories

In the last episode of season 1, I am sharing my "aha" moments and reflections of 2017.  I have so many things mentally on my plate that I need to purge the physical things around me.  I share my struggles of being my own boss, how I happily don't get everything done each day, and why I share my daily journal in Instagram stories.  Much much more as well!  I'll be back in early January 2018 with many new interviews for you!  Happy holidays, y'all! www.dorothycollier.com On Today's Show: (2:00) Make what you want to make. (7:00) Why am I doing what I'm doing?  "I'm not myself when I'm not creating." - Dorothy (10:30) Emily Jeffords' episode on her lifestyle (12:00) Being your own boss and thinking I can "do it all" (14:00) Andy J Pizza Creative Pep Talk (15:00) No one knows what all you didn't get done that day (16:00) It takes a village (19:00) For me to be the best mom that I can, I need to be creating. (22:00) Emily with EmKat Design (25:00) My Dorothy Art Instagram Stories - daily journal  (26:30) Liana Kangas (31:00) The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins (35:00) The KonMari Method with Emily Wickliff of The Methodical Life (35:00) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (39:00) Working in batches (41:00) On Positively Creative Podcast (45:00) On being the Memphis co-leader of Rising Tide Society's Tuesdays Together - Our local website, our local facebook group, Rising Tide Society website, Rising Tide Society Facebook group, Founder Natalie Franke

56mins

9 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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037 - Carrie Schmitt, Fine Artist, on Awakening Your Creative Spirit & Honoring Signs for Your Future Self

Today's incredible conversation is with Carrie Schmitt. We talk about how she found art, how it saved her life and the way she paints intuitively. Carrie also shares about her retreats, how to stay connected to our art, and how to be creative when time is an issue. About Carrie: I began painting in 2009 after being diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to heat while living in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Bedridden and unable to go outside for months, one day a voice popped in my head and said, “Now that your life is over, you might as well do what you want and paint.” Thankfully, I listened. Painting became a therapeutic practice and act of tenderness amidst the darkness. Today, I am a full time artist, art retreat facilitator, and author of Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flowers with Mixed Media. I currently live in Seattle, WA. I license my art for home decor, clothing and other lifestyle products with companies such as Hallmark, Dianoche Designs, teNeues Publishing, and more. Stores that carry my art products include Target, Kirklands, Pier 1 Imports, and World Market. Website: http://www.carrieschmittdesign.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carrieschmitt/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarrieSchmittArtAndDesign/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/carrieart/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrie-schmitt-75aa9162/ Links: To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

53mins

3 May 2018

Rank #17

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041 - Shanna Skidmore on Building a "Non Business" Business Strategy, Creating Sales Goals, & Going on Money Dates

Today we are talking numbers with Shanna Skidmore. We chat about how to use numbers to understand and grow our businesses. Shanna also breaks down having a life and business you love and why she took a break from social media. This is a great conversation about life, business and money! About Shanna:Hey! I’m Shanna, a business strategist & financial coach.I believe you can make money doing what you love. You just need some tools to get you there. If you've ever dreamed of starting your own business, or you're in the weeds of growing that business of your dreams now, then we're gonna get along just fine!

After working alongside thousands of creative entrepreneurs on their business strategy and financial goals, I took the most confusing, frustrating, frequently asked (and frequently wine-and-tears accompanied) business concepts—financial planning, productivity, strategy, scale, mindset—and simplified them.  My husband says my creative genius is simplifying complicated things. I like that.
 
After ten years in the financial industry, I knew firsthand that a few simple (but not easy) steps had the power to transform a story. I helped failing businesses start thriving in less than 12 months. I served burned out creative professionals helping them to take month-long sabbaticals in less than 12 months. I saw women feel proud of the money they were contributing to their household.
 
Now I teach those steps to as many creative entrepreneurs as I possibly can. Website: https://shannaskidmore.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shannaskidmore/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannaskidmore Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/shannaskidmore/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTMB8So9Q5H9ameE3HX679w Links: Google Keep The Blueprint Model To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

52mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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073 - Whitney Winkler Art on Painting for Festivals, Sharing Stories on Instagram, & Collaborating with Creatives

Today I'm in the studio with Whitney Winkler. We talk about how motherhood was the catalyst for starting her painting journey. Whitney shares what inspired her early designs and why partnerships are important. She also shares how she's developed and shared a diverse product line. From Whitney Winkler: Hey! I'm Whitney Winkler. I hail from the heartland of the US, but currently call Memphis, TN home; and a good home it is! I have a steady, gem of a husband, and three little babies who stole my heart and ran away with it. I have always loved to create. I've been a songwriter since I could talk, and I’ve always been a bit heavy-handed with the glitter, if you know what I mean.  My sister calls me the "more is more" girl, and it couldn't be more true. As I've grown, I am learning that more of most is more, and that sometimes restraint is the loveliest.  I've always been passionate about beauty and truth. To me, the combination of those two elements is unstoppable. Painting has come along later in life. I am finding that it is another way to question and answer; express emotion, muddle in, and settle into process. It is like no other medium I have encountered. I always walk away from a paint brush energized and refreshed. My love of beauty draws me primarily to the design aesthetic of art. My favorite design elements are the modern and whimsical. I am always drawn to blues, greens , greys, and pastel everything(s). Natural elements such as florals and rocks can be found in my work, paired with wafty brush strokes and ink bleeds. Soft and clean lines are best when paired. I love bold and feminine; neutral and geometric.  An extrovert at heart, I am most inspired when in community. I am so very inspired by the Memphis and online art community, and how much thought is put into the other. I want my (and all) art to be a spring board for the good of a broader collective, and a boost to the individual heart to boot. Thanks for checking out Whitney Winkler Art. My heart beams and bursts that you came! Website: https://whitneywinkler.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whitneywinkler_art/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitneywinklerart/ Links: To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook! Come to the Positively Creative Summit on Saturday September 21st! Head to arrowcreative.org/positivelycreative to purchase your ticket today! About The Positively Creative Podcast: The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields. To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

43mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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010 - Sarah Baumann of Signet Sealed on Starting a Creative Business in College, Art Shows & Pop Ups, and Encouraging Community as a Rising Tide Society Leader

Dorothy sits down with her newest art friend and eerily similar "twin," Sarah Baumann of Signet Sealed to talk about how Sarah's diary doodling became a full time art career by focusing on a niche.  Sarah walks us through the product process, from drawing to laying out the illustrations for different products featuring the dozens of cities she's captured.  Dorothy and Sarah hit on the highlights of the new Memphis Chapter of Tuesdays Together for Rising Tide Society.    See more of Signet Sealed's work: www.signetsealed.com https://www.instagram.com/signetsealed/   See more of Rising Tide Society: http://www.risingtidesociety.com https://www.instagram.com/tuesdaystogethermemphis/ https://www.risingtidesocietymemphis.com   Follow along and join the Positively Creative Community:   www.positivelycreative.net www.instagram.com/positivelycreativepodcast www.facebook.com/groups/positivelycreativepodcast     (8:30) Paper & Honey Laura Joseph  (9:00) House show  (12:00) This seems like the time to try it (13:00) Diving head first at Stationery Academy  (16:00) Working out of a college house with roommates & at a studio vs working from home  (17:30) Cooper Young Festival  (19:00) How Sarah and Dorothy met and how they're twins  (25:00) Rising Tide Society - Tuesdays Together Memphis (29:00) Figuring out your audience at shows  (30:00) Ideal Client  (31:00) back to back art shows  (34:00) the process of products  (39:00) southern artist Facebook group  (45:00) South Main pop up shops (48:00) website building & Etsy  (50:00) Instagram stories  (50:00) Jenna Kutcher / Goal Digger Podcast  (53:00) the drawing process  (55:00) Jenean Morrison  (59:00) HoneyBook & Rising Tide Community app (1:04:00) risingtidesocietymemphis.com & Members of the Month (1:08:00) Made By Memphis  (1:13:00) Creative Heart Conference  (1:35:00) Naming your brand

1hr 39mins

22 Jun 2017

Rank #20