Jo's Web Wizardry

Jo Atherton

For this month’s article, I’m going to be very British and begin by talking about the weather. For any of you who work from a dedicated outbuilding or to give it a proper title, a “studio”, will certainly be feeling the impact of this extended winter with these harsh, cold temperatures.

This has certainly been the case for me over the past few weeks. I have a drafty outbuilding from which I make pots, which is wonderful in the summer, but the portcullis of icicles over the door and stone floor is really unappealing at this time of year!

So to combat my frustration, I’ve been trying to keep those creative juices from freezing solid, taking the opportunity for some reflection on my work. On my creative journey, I find it increasingly useful to reassess and examine what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and who I would like to see it.

I thought I might share with you some of those articles I have found to be especially useful in revisiting my artist statement, planning my work for the year and learning how to make the Internet work a bit harder for me, with some of my favourite blogs and websites out there.

From the warm glow of my laptop, here are some of the helpful articles I have found for you to consider – all of this without the need to wear gloves!

Give that Artists Statement a spring clean!

Deanna, in her blog Artist, Emerging offers some fabulous practical tips for writing your artist statement, and is a good place to begin if your work has changed direction. She strips down the process and this handy article will help you answer questions to get you started.

And if you get really stuck, why not try this hilarious artist statement generator!

With that done, don’t forget to update your Herts Visual Arts gallery page and share the link with all your friends and contacts. This is a benefit to members, so be sure you are making the most of the facility to showcase your work. If you need help, be sure to check out the help and recommendations we have put together for you.

Do you suffer with creative block?

If you can’t seem to find your way out of a creative block, the best thing you can do is to become more positive about your life in general. These websites offer some great advice and tips to start thinking about your art with a new, refreshed approach.

7 Types of Creative Block, and what to do about them

The Positive Way To Becoming More Creative, And Overcoming Creative Block

11 Tricks For Battling Creative Blocks, From Leading Creatives

Why Creativity Blocks Happen (and How to Overcome Them)

Ideas for Fruitful Creatives

One of the most useful articles I found recently was on the blog, Red Lemon Club, entitled Why no one likes your art – 26 reasons. In the article, Alex explains:

What follows might come as a reminder of your brilliance but it could also be a reality adjustment for some of you. The aim here is to reveal some of the things that turn away people from the art that you create, so that you can start with greater clarity to really make the most of what you can offer the world…it is my aim that you come away from this with a refreshed sense of what you might be doing wrong, what you are getting right and what you can do to put yourself in the best possible position.

I personally found this article a fabulous way of assessing my work, thinking about my aims and how I intend to tell the world about it. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.

Kickass Creatives

Finally, one of my favourite though provoking websites for advice and practical tips for artists is

From advice for the life-long procrastinator who is keen to get started, to support for that frightening moment when someone asks to see what you’re working on, there really is a wealth of information, and a bit of hand holding too, for us creative types who can feel a little vulnerable at times!

Keep warm, and I hope you find the above resources useful.