The Strengths of the Feminine Artist

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    In my last post, I talked about the challenges that a feminine artist might face as she builds her art career and life.  If you missed that, you can read it here on my blog.

    However, the feminine artist also has so many strengths and advantages!  First of all, what is a feminine artist?  We all have masculine and feminine aspects within us, but if you have predominantly feminine energy in your artwork you might feel:

1. Sensitive to your environment
2. Feel your emotions deeply
3. Make art that means a lot to you, and reflects your heart
4. Are drawn to depicting “soft” subjects in your art, like florals, fashion, love, and beauty
5. You are more drawn to being absorbed in your art and creation, and marketing, numbers and strategy is something you avoid or overwhelms you
6. What is going on in your life and the world affects you and your artwork

If that’s you, you’re in good company!   I believe the advantages outweigh the challenges of being a feminine artist.  The feminine strength is a quiet strength; like the roots of a tree, our strength is anchored in a deep well of subtle power, that eventually grows to become seen and admired, almost like a surprise.  There isn’t a lot of noise…until there is massive flowering.  So what are some of our unique gifts?

First, femininity is magnetic.  It isn’t all about pink and ruffles, either!  The essence of a feminine energy is an exquisite acceptance of herself and her work, a deep knowing of the worth of what she makes and who she is.  Think of a beautiful flower blooming in your backyard.  She is so fragrant, the colors so perfect, her petals so welcoming that the bees are naturally drawn to her.  She doesn’t have to chase them down. 

This analogy is true in all aspects of life, but if we use it for the art world, think of how an artist with something really special going on in her work is a magnet for opportunities.  She doesn’t have to chase or beg press to write her up, or show up at another person’s exhibition to try to talk to the gallery owner.   

But that flower still took action by blooming her best in a place where the bees could find her.   Likewise, feminine energy artists can blossom in their work, and let it be seen: on the internet, by sending introductory emails, by engaging in opportunities, by showing up and simply being present.  But she does so with a deep inner knowledge that her work is worthy, NOT to gain acceptance or prove anything.   She shines, and lets her work be seen, so that opportunities that are WORTHY OF HER can be magnetized to her.

Secondly, feminine artistry is deeply creative.  Of course all artists are creative, but feminine creativity especially in females is encoded in our DNA.  We are literally equipped to create souls, if not in the literal sense, then in birthing our creations. 

We have a natural propensity to lean into our creations and put our heart and soul into them.  The feminine artist’s work often is full of curved lines, unexpected textures and a beautiful, intricate look to it.  This is a mirror of her mind and heart, and the more you let open that door of freedom to your creativity, the more striking and powerful your imagery will become. 

The key is TRUST, trusting your inner psyche that you always have more depths of unexplored creativity that grows more powerful the more you use it.

Third, feminine energy is full of powerful archetypes and enduring story.  Just look at the stories and fairy tales that resonate with cultures all over the world and don’t go away, that always center on a female protagonist.  We do not always embody the princess (although I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite archetypes!) Feminine archetypes include the Queen, the Teacher, the Princess, the Angel, the Servant, the Heroine, the Crone, the Witch, the Healer, the Saint, the Virgin, the Fallen Woman, and more with almost endless variations of this. 

These archetypes are repeated in stories throughout the ages and have been embedded in our psyche.  And although none of us is just one of these things, it can be helpful to take some of the powerful stories and imagery of these characters that you identify with, and incorporate it in your business and persona as a feminine artist.

Imagine LEANING INTO the archetypes you like to strengthen your art, your luminosity in the art world, and your understanding of human behaviors around feminine lore…that persist up until modern day!  And, you get to create your own story around your archetypes.

Red Riding Hood, by Jessica Libor

By leaning into your favorite archetypes, you can create a more striking and enduring feeling around your art that will linger in the mind.

I will be digging more deeply into Archetypes in my expansive course especially made for feminine, contemporary realist artists that will be launching soon!  If you are interested in getting on the waitlist (no commitment, you’ll just be the first to be notified when it goes live!) you can click HERE.

There are so many more benefits to being a feminine artist, and I just wanted to encourage you that you are not alone; that your femininity can be your strength, if you embrace it.

Have a wonderful week!

With love, light, and creativity,


Jessica Libor
Artistic Coach
The Visionary Artist’s Salon

Most artwork used with permission from the Birmingham Museum of Art

The special challenges of the feminine artist

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 In a few weeks, I will be opening a new course that will be my most comprehensive course yet, especially for feminine, contemporary realist artists who are ready to make the next three months a flowering and growth like never before of their artistic practice and career. This course is open to both men and women but is written for people who create in an emotional, feminine, way in their art.

 I have experienced first hand the unique challenges that feminine, empathetic people face in the art world.  Some of these setbacks are self imposed, and others are external.  Tell me, have you ever felt like this?

1. You find yourself struggling to share your work because it is so close to your heart and emotional to you.  You fear being hurt if you expose yourself.

2. You are drawn to representing pretty things, love painting fashion, romance, motherhood and other “soft” subjects, that you fear the art world will never take seriously, but that touch your heart and bring you joy.

3. You are overwhelmed with the business side of art. When it comes to taxes, keeping inventory, marketing and advertising, you would rather just go back to the studio, put on some beautiful music and get lost in your painting again.  You feel like you’re not good at that stuff. ( Or is it that you have just been socialized to believe that? )

4.  You struggle with pricing your work over a certain price point because it then crosses the threshold into making serious money.  
( Is my art worth that? What if I make more than my partner and am no longer the feminine one? What if someone tells me it’s not worth that much? What if I intimidate people? Will people laugh at me? I will no longer be a cute, approachable artist if I ask people to pay this much! )

5. You struggle with feeling like you have to choose between a traditional family or a soaring career. 

6.  You feel like you never have enough time to expand your career because you are taking care of other people and things, and have given so much of yourself in other areas.


(Above) Portrait of Fanny Eaton, be Simeon Solomon

7.  Sometimes you feel like your desire to have a great, successful career is selfish.

8.  You often damper down your femininity in life and in your art because you do not want to appear silly, especially in a male-dominated art world.

9.  Sometimes you struggle to take yourself and your ambitions seriously because you have been brought up to believe that art is not a serious profession.

10.  You feel things very deeply, whether that be your cycle each month, the fluctuations within your family or romantic relationship, and world events, all of which impact and sometimes immobilize your creativity.

If you recognize yourself in any of these things, just know that you are not alone.  I have spoken to many feminine people who have felt these unique challenges. 



  But, we ALSO have unique strengths in the art world that are invaluable, which I will be covering in my next letter!

In the meantime, if this course sounds like it is of interest to you, please join the waiting list to be kept abreast of all developments (you can join the waitlist HERE, with no commitment of any kind).

I would also love to hear from you.  What unique struggles have you faced as a feminine artist? Do these challenges resonate with you? What have I left out?

Sending you light, love, and creativity,

Jessica Libor
Artist and Artistic Coach
The Visionary Artist’s Salon

Drawings in this email are from the Birmingham Museum of Art, used with permission.

I’m exhibiting in “Spring Valentine” with Era Contemporary Gallery

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I am very pleased to share that I have several pieces I’m exhibiting in a new exhibition collection with Era Contemporary, called Spring Valentine. The show will be up until April! Below are just a few of the works in the show.

The full lineup of artists includes: Lauren Woods, Nancy Bea Miller, Jessica Libor, Jason Blake, Emily Taylor Rodgers, Gelena Pavlenko, Alayne Sahar, Jenny Brown, Manuel Nunez, Kathryn Kincaid, Jess Polk, and Alexandra Levasseur.

This is a very imaginative and playful show, where you’ll see mermen, beautiful princes, pink blossoms, glistening skin, winged zephyrs romancing nymphs, gorgeous flowers, beautiful drapery and an air of languid romance.

Browse this unique collection of work in Spring Valentine by clicking the button below! All pieces are available for immediate purchase right on the gallery website.

I am continuing to work on my art for my solo show on April 30th, WILDLOVE. To register for this live, virtual event, click the image below!

Have a wonderful weekend!

With light, love, and creativity,

Visual Artist

www.jessicalibor.com

Why it’s not selfish to want success as an artist and how to stop feeling guilty

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Do you ever feel like it is selfish of you to strive for success as an artist?

Believe me, I’ve felt the unspoken judgement of wanting to climb the ladder of artistic success so much that I believed it was wrong of me to want it.  
Especially as a female, it was expected that I wouldn’t be quite as ambitious as the male artists around me.  And if I was, I was selfish for wanting more, or agressive.  Sound familiar?

 Success can mean more money, selling your work for high prices, being affiliated with more high end exhibitions, getting more press, more autonomy with your time,  or any number of markers that you set for your self.  

Whatever your goals for artistic success and stardom, most of us dream of reaching some level of acclaim, which translates rewards that are not just tangible.  In fact, we aren’t actually after the tangible things at all.  Let’s take a look at two of the markers of success and what they give us intangibly.

  1. Money: when we get more money, especially a lot of it, there is less worry about being able to cover the bills. There is also less stress about having to, say, work at a day job you don’t like, feeling like you are draining your life away and counting the hours until you can leave.  So, the intangible benefits of money that we are really after are 1. the feeling of security and safety, and 2. The freedom to do what we want with our time, and hence, our lives.
  1. Press and High End Exhibitions, or Acclaim: when we are written about in the press in glowing terms, or are included in an exhibition with well respected peers, or given a big solo show by a high end gallery, this translates into a feeling of respect.  Respect for us, respect for our work, and it’s the world saying “Your work matters”.  This feels good because we all want our work and lives to matter and to contribute positively to the world.  So the payoff for acclaim is feeling worthy and respected.

It’s not bad to want to reach a level of success as an artist.  All this means is that you are striving for security, freedom, and respect within your life—and to soar as high as you can go.  Also consider how good can be done by successful people with a kind heart.  If you have a lot of monetary success, fame, or acclaim, you have the power to donate money to great causes, and have a platform that people will listen to.  Your art will be seen by many and so can inspire and give hope to many more people than if you were not well known.  And, monetarily, you will not have to be dependent on others to care for you, instead you will be able to provide for yourself, your family, and future generations, which is a massive gift that truly changes lives.

You can also stand up to your fullest height and execute your most ambitious, creative visions because you have wealth and support, that would never happen if you were struggling.  

So, when you find yourself feeling guilty for wanting to be successful as an artist, or feeling selfish for wanting the money and acclaim that come with success in the art world, check yourself! Because I would flip that script and say it is actually the most selfless thing you can do to pursue success in the arts, whatever that means to you.

Let me know how this landed with you, I’d love to hear from you.  And just so you know, I will be launching my newly filmed and fully automated signature course, Artist Soul Mastery Academy, in March.  You  can join the waitlist now.

With light, love and creativity,

You’re invited to my upcoming virtual exhibition, WILDLOVE

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I’m very excited to share that I will have a solo exhibition in April called WILDLOVE!

This will be an all new collection of artworks I’m currently making.  It will be different in many ways than anything I’ve made before.  I will be giving you glimpses into my process as I create the pieces, but the actual work will be a secret only to be unveiled during the virtual exhibition!

I invite you to register for the special virtual event and read more about it by clicking the button below! Those who register will get a hand-signed postcard of a show image signed by the artist and mailed to your address.

This week, I began a magical piece involving spiky pink cactii flowers, the palest violet shades, and a lady and her wildcat for WILDLOVE.  I also finished my #21visions challenge, which was to create 21 small ink pieces during the month of January. 

Fragonard’s Garden, ink and watercolor on paper, 9 “x 12”, by Jessica Libor 2021

These new ink pieces are now photographed and you can browse and purchase them by clicking the button below!

I also recorded a new episode on The Inspired Painter podcast, about how the accumulation of our efforts creates success. Have a listen by clicking here!

Have a wonderful weekend, and sending you light, love and creativity.

Visual Artist

www.jessicalibor.com

Using challenges to kickstart your creativity: a conversation with artist Nancy Bea Miller

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In this episode, I chat with Philadelphia artist and educator Nancy Bea Miller about using challenges like the Strada Challenge to increase productivity, skill and efficiency within your art practice!  Having completed such challenges several times Nancy gives us tips to help complete each challenge you set while using it to further your art practice. Enjoy this fun and relaxing conversation between friends.

Episode 33 of the Inspired Painter with Jessica Libor

Listen to more episodes of the Inspired Painter here.

Follow Nancy on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/nancybeamiller_artwork

Check out Nancy Bea Miller’s blog at: http://nancybeanews.blogspot.com/

Other links mentioned:

As another gift to you to start out the new year, here is my free printable calendar for 2021! DOWNLOAD HERE. It highlights twelve of the pieces I made in 2020.  

Jessica Libor’s art: www.jessicalibor.com

The Visionary Artist’s Salon courses and coaching for artists: www.thevisionaryartistssalon.com

Free guide to selling your art online authentically:

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Magical ways to usher your art career into a new dimension this year

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There’s something so special about the start of a new year.  Mistakes erased, we get to start anew with fresh hope and a renewed vision for who we would like to be.  But here’s the thing… this year will only be different for you if you step into the version of you that you’ve been holding back before!

Can you picture who that person is? Can you see the energy and excitement around this new version of you, stepping into belief that their artistic vision is possible?  How does it feel when you imagine your most ideal situation?

Much of my coaching work for artists is centered around two teachings: 

The first is that you and your artwork are already worthy.
The second is that others take their cues from you as to where you belong in the art world.  You are in charge of how much you sell your work for, how you present it, and what you create!

In this spirit of these two teachings, I recently released a podcast this weekend about the magical, powerful step of organizing your art career.  When you do this, you tell the world, I am ready. I am serious. I am worthy. I am beginning as I would like to go on. 

The different sectors I talk about are organizing your physical work, organizing your inventory system, your collector records, and your revenue and expenses!  I challenge you to think of these not as administrative tasks, but as ways to show your beautiful, cherished, precious artwork HONOR.  This sends a magical chain reaction from you to anyone you come into contact with that you believe your artwork is worth keeping track of, worth honoring, and worth taking seriously.  If you want your work to end up in a museum…a beautiful way to have your work honored and cherished…let’s start by honoring your work and showing its value within your studio!

To listen to the Inspired Painter Podcast, episode Episode 32: Organizing Your Art Career, click here!

After you listen, join us to discuss in our private artist’s Facebook group!

With light, love and creativity,

ps–If you’d like to start the year off with a beautifully focused course on finding your unique artistic voice,click here!

How to set up your life to support your art practice: a conversation with Kerry Dunn

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“Tito and I” by Kerry Dunn

I’m excited to present this week’s interview with you! It’s a good one and very practical.  Kerry Dunn is an award winning painter who currently works in Philadelphia and teaches at Studio Incamminati.  In this video interview (you can also listen to the audio version only on the Inspired Painter podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts ) we talk about setting up your art practice so it is a priority in your life. 


    We talk about ideas for keeping overhead low, and making space energetically and time wise for your art practice to grow and thrive.
     I hope you enjoy this amazing interview! Share your thoughts in the artist’s  Facebook group!    .

With love, light and creativity,

Winter 2021 classes taught by Jessica Libor are open for enrollment

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I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching several classes both in person and online this winter! I am listing the links and descriptions here below, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jlibor@jessicalibor.com. Any in person class will require masks for all attendees and myself. I hope to see you this new year! 🙂

“ONSITE (IN-PERSON) EXPLORING DRAWING AND MATERIALS” at the Main Line Art Center, Tuesday evenings February 23–March 23, 2021. In this class, students will explore the basics of drawing, including line, shape, proportion, and texture. We will also use different materials, such as colored pencils, inks, pastels, and charcoal, to create floral subjects and object still lifes. The goal is to get comfortable using a variety of mediums and, most importantly, have fun! To learn more and register click here.

“ONSITE (IN-PERSON) EXPLORING WATERCOLOR AND INKS” at the Main Line Art Center, Tuesday evenings January 12-February 9th 2021. In this class, students will explore water-based medias, learning to paint from delicate masterworks that exemplify brushy watercolor and ink techniques. All reference photos will be provided. Expect to come away inspired and refreshed after having fun creating beautiful and whimsical paintings. To register and learn more click here!

“ONLINE ZOOM CLASS: PASTEL PAINTING” with the Norristown Art League, Fridays 1-3pm, 2 session options 5 weeks each. Session 1: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19th. Session 2: March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2. Great for beginners!

In this class, students will learn the basics of using pastels to create a beautiful pastel artwork of a landscape (image provided).  Topics covered will include composition, color usage, blending the medium, and special effects unique to pastels.  Suitable for beginning to intermediate artists with no experience necessary with pastels. It is recommended you have a laptop or tablet to virtually attend the class. To register and find out more, click here!

“IN-PERSON, ONSITE: WATER MEDIAS” at the Norristown Art League. Max 8 students and masks required. Monday • 5-weeks • 2 to 4 pm. 2 Session options! Session 1: January 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15. Break: February 22
Session 2: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

In this class, students explore a unique way to use watercolor and ink mediums!  Using techniques from the Rococo time period in France, we will layer ink and watercolor to create lush, delicate paintings of landscapes inspired by the artists Boucher and Fragonard (reference images provided). To learn more and register click here.

“ONLINE SELF-PACED: DISCOVERING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE” with Jessica Libor Studio and the Visionary Artist’s Salon. A guided pre-recorded video course hosted by Jessica for artists to discover their unique style, based on their preferences, personality, values and spirit. Discovering Your Artistic Voice is made up of 7 Modules with 3 lessons within each module.  These include video and slideshow lectures, pdf downloadable worksheets, and surveys–all designed to help you spring forward and focus your creativity quickly! Best of all, it’s yours to replay and come back to whenever you like. To learn more or register, click here!

Ink original: Notre Dame Chimera

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Legend has it that gargoyles and stone chimeras were created to keep the evil spirits away from sacred places. This chimera has been perched a top the Notre Dame Cathedral for hundreds of years, as the city changed below. For those who know me, know I love anything Gothic and historical…decided to do this ink piece on one of the historical gargoyles of Paris (used as a waterspout) or if not used as a waterspout, technically called chimeras. I loved its strong silhouette and its presence.

May you think of this fearsome monster as a symbol of the strength within you, ready to do battle with whatever evil it comes across.

Ink on paper, 9” x 11”, by Jessica Libor 2020

This original piece is available. To order, click here.

Ships flat in a clear plastic sleeve within 5 days of order.