Author: Brooke Gibbons

Strategies for the Artist

I am happy to announce that my Social Media and the Artist previously offered exclusively to Charlotte Art League members is now open to the public and has expanded to include both marketing AND branding strategies! In these competitive, digital times, we have to admit that the older strategies of being a successful artist no longer cuts it. You can’t just assume your work is going to be discovered, or that you can just email a gallery your portfolio and let the magic unfold on its own. Why doesn’t your work sell? Is it the gallery’s fault? Why aren’t your followers and sales growing online? Is it the digital platform’s fault? How come no one views your website? Is it the search engine’s fault? Why aren’t you getting more offers, grants, opportunities? Is it your community’s fault? It’s time to admit: It’s not your community’s fault, the gallery’s fault, or social media’s fault: IT’S YOUR FAULT. If you want your work to sell, if you want to gain more followers on social media, if you …

Scenes from Camp Spark

We had so much fun at Camp Spark yesterday! There were plot twists, french pastries, watercolors, and giveaways! I hinted beforehand that we’d be working out of our comfort zone and I meant it! After years of holding art journaling camps I’d seen many people-myself included-spend too much time on trying to perfect a page that they lose sight of their imagination and ability to release and let go. So after doing our mandatory brain dumping session, I revealed our first prompt: Filling a page with rectangle shapes of any kind of paper, style and size–but you’re not filling your book–you’re filling everyone else’s! It’s like muscial journals: you paste one rectangle in a book and pass it on to the person next to you. I had asked that everyone bring a fresh journal to the retreat. This first exercise allowed them to meet their neighbors and automatically start with a journal that may not be the way they intended it, but there will always be the memory of how that page was made! The next …

I’ve teamed up with Chef Kim Bogues!

What’s better than being free to create whatever comes to you? Eating delicious food and drinking yummy things from a professional chef while doing so, of course! I am so excited to announce I’ve teamed up with Celebrity Chef Kim Bogues of Hearth N Soul to bring a different spin to the “sip and paint” craze. Her Sip and Paints (and there’s a Punch and Paint for kids too!) will offer homemade tapas and desserts at her kitchen studio, drinks to get those artsy juices flowing and NO ONE IS PAINTING THE SAME THING! Yay! While Chef Kim is filling your tummy I’ll be leading you on a creative journey where you use alternative tools and your guiding intuition to paint something completely different than your neighbor next to you–something that you can call your own! Visit Hearth N Soul to sign up for upcoming dates!

Camp Spark: A Half-Day Art Journaling Retreat

Let’s rip up paper and make stuff together! 🌟Camp Spark 🌟 is a half day retreat I’ll be holding on Sunday June 4 from 10am-2pm at The Charlotte Art League. Bring a journal or book with paper heavy enough to handle watercolor crayons, glue, and the depths of your weird imagination! We’ll be doing a ton of different prompts to get ourselves out of that creative funk and into the fire of ideas, exploration and artistic fearlessness! $25 and a fresh journal covers your end. I’ll provide all the supplies including vintage ephemera and mags, pretty paper and pens, watercolor things and most importantly: pastries to up our calorie intake, I mean energy!! RSVP is required so I can prep accordingly so visit meetup.com/hellourbanist to learn more and sign up! 😘😘

Upcoming Workshops

Creative Studio Sunday The 2nd Sunday of every month Join me at the Charlotte Art League on Sunday July 10 from 11am-2pm for yoga, meditation, writing and art journaling! The July theme is: Spirit of a Woman. Learn more here. The Imagination Brigade: An Analog Collage Workshop It’s time to use our imaginations to create some funky collage scenes! In this workshop we will be using old magazines to create surreal collage images. All supplies are included. Each person will create one 8×10 collage suitable for framing (or more if there’s time). I will supply each person with a handy pre-cut scrap pack full of vintage pieces to get you started. I will also have vintage magazines on hand for you to use. If you google image “analog collage” you will see the wide range of what can be created once you start snipping away and getting surreal! Cost: $10 Cash or CC/Debit only please What to bring: Nothing! All is included! Time: Saturday July 16, 10:30am-12:30pm RSVP here or email brooke@hellourbanist.com. Coming Soon! DATES TBA …

Gallery Updates

I finally added some new works to my galleries..here are my latest analog collages and journal pages. I finished my original collage art journal at the end of 2015 after SEVEN years of working on it. The new images added are from a new book so I will have to upload the last pages from the original book soon.