A challenge to Thriving Online Art

A challenge to Thriving Online Art

Survivors of any difficult life challenge or injury tend to live life from a deep point of truth where the new standard of days does not ever reflect social amenities. Survivors embrace the tremendous potential realized in the simple act of awakening, still alive! – Every new morning. Most put caution aside, stop hoping or worrying, and live with intention. Wyanne Thompson is no exception.

The Big C

She wisely admits that cancer was perhaps the best gift because she rekindled her fire by painting and living well. In her own words, this is how the story goes. It was a shock because I never smoked and was otherwise relatively healthy. I underwent surgery for more than 13 hours, losing my entire tongue and 66 lymph nodes. The operation was supported by chemotherapy, distribution, and a year of grueling recovery. I have lost the capacity to talk clearly and now take all my nutrition from a gastric tube.

Fortunately, I am still cancer-free and winning the battle with the beast. I’m fortunate that cancer-free to speak to paint. Now I paint cool drawing ideas more than ever! The process taught me to live in the moment and not take anything for granted. Now I consider the Big C a gift.

Living in the now

Wyanne is not wasting her time. She dreams big, paints big, takes risks, and calls herself brutal because she, she hears her, has no promise of tomorrow. In mid-2016, she moved into a studio at Mutiny Artwrx in Atlanta. She maintains creative company with graffiti artists, metalworkers, carpenters, directors, and other painters. She had come to believe that she could never have a study space away from home due to the health issues she faces, but she happily admitted that her belief was wrong.

She thrived in space, and her art is constantly evolving. Written words began to seem in her art in systems that had not happened before cancer changed her capacity to speak openly. The words in my paintings are becoming more and more relevant to me. With my talk impediment, much is lost in translation or never told. I may have a speech delay, but I converse with creation fluently.

Cheer up with your passion

A challenge to Thriving Online Art

In college, I studied fine arts, focusing on photography. I did some painting courses, not many. After promotion, I visited a business art school, the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, to better explain the marketing side of creation. That training helped me a lot with my reproduction. I worked as a marketing photographer until my son was born. Then I stayed home with him and began to dabble in painting.

When my son was about four years old, I started an art studio. I felt that he was much better at leading other artists. I have never exhibited my works there. The gallery business was tricky. I started posting gallery art on eBay around the same time eBay was getting started. Since eBay was not saturated, it was elementary to sell the job for a higher dollar.

I found the courage to put my paintings up for sale little by little. In the end, eBay sales far exceeded sales from in-person traffic to the physical gallery. So, I ended the physical place and migrated everything online. I sold other artists’ work for a while, then just my own. It has taken me several years, but I have gained a lot of followers. I had to restrain myself personally from washing every day.

I remember taking my son to karate class with a watercolor block and watercolor pastels. While he had the lesson from him, I worked on a painting. My work was much smaller then, and I would complete a picture almost every day. These days I regularly consume eight hours or more in the workshop, five days a week. I dedicate a day to computer work, video editing, web work, and a day off for the family.

A giant leap and learning curve

I am very self-taught with the online business side. If I wanted to understand how to do something, I got the answer and prepared myself. It applies to my website, blog, YouTube channel, etc. I still manage everything myself. It has become a lot simpler over the years.

I had to learn to code HTML myself to launch my website when I started. Now there are great easy-to-use options for building your website. Great apps allow you to post an update on various sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, your blog, etc. Currently, my son helps me with the expedition, and my daughter helps me record and edit videos. Other than that, it’s just me.

About social media

Honestly, I don’t know how long it took or how I got so many followers. I don’t concentrate on the number of members or likes. Usually, I often try to share my life and art without disturbing others. I also try to interact with those followers when time permits and always answer questions.

Be present as an artist.

I don’t use social media platforms to sell my work; I use Etsy and Saatchi Art instead. Some artists sell directly from Instagram or Facebook, but I haven’t found that to work well. I use social media to explain to everyone what I’m making. Maybe I add a link to Etsy or Saatchi in the post, but I don’t do that in every position. I think potential collectors can be put off if they feel like every post you put out is meant to sell them something. They want to feel like they know me as an artist.

Yes, there is still a love story in being an artist that many people look up to. I want to avoid constantly posting artwork for sale. No one wants to sound desperate or like the proverbial starving artist. I’m a big follower of the philosophy that if you create it, they will come.