Why The Charmed Studio?
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
I spent years working as a magazine journalist by day and artist by night; all the time dreaming of launching a different kind of blog for creatives.
The blog was supposed to be normal.
It was supposed to be a business blog for artists.
But then I had this awkward realization:
‘Oh shoot, I don’t care about “How to Get Scads of Likes on Facebook.” I don’t want to write about how to “Make Piles of Cash from Your Art.”‘
My blog insisted on being about our WHY.
As in remembering why the hell we became artists or writers in the first place.
Feeling Like A Chicken Cutlet?
I remembered that making a full-time career out of art made me, and many professional artists I’ve interviewed, feel like chicken cutlets; with the purpose pounded right out of them.
It also occurred to me that my artist friends with day jobs are always beating themselves up, mistakenly feeling like their weekend artmaking isn’t legit.
It seemed that artists of every level need a restorative place within to honor, nurture and house the sacred creativity that originally got us up to join the dance of art.
I call that place (and this blog) The Charmed Studio.
A Charmed Studio is a metaphorical internal sanctuary where a creative feels free to bring to life restorative, soul-based images or words.
Your Charmed Studio
In my head it’s a cozy, hobbit-in-the-shire type garret with a round door, a hearth and a cat laying on top of the lovely stuff we have scattered about.
Maybe there are books waiting to be read or thick, creamy paper or small wood panels waiting to be turned into art.
I created this blog to give you a few ideas on how to build, reenforce, or redecorate The Charmed Studio inside yourself.
Some of my most popular posts are ones that will help you write about the work that comes out of your studio in a clear, authentic way that connects with your ideal audience.
All this good stuff is not from my head alone.
We are Stronger Together
This blog has practical interview-based wisdom to help you bring more joy, commitment, introspection and confidence into your art practice.
Wisdom direct from the studios and desks of stellar, conscious artists like you.
As well as authors, gallerists and art biz coaches who’ve grown accustomed to me harassing them for quotes for my written work as a regular contributor to Professional Artist Magazine, L.A. Parent Magazine,and popular blogs like Artsy Shark and Skinny Artist.
My graduate thesis on the significant objects in homes of great creatives, found me reading a small mountain of sensational biographies that detailed the working lives of famous artists and writers. That’s in the mix too.
If you want to send me an idea for a guest post you want to write for The Charmed Studio, don’t be shy. I also love to use art from subscribers in posts with links back to their sites (see warrior image above.)
As my colleague photographer Carlos David says: “We are stronger together.”
Be well and don’t forget about the power, pleasure and peace you can feel- and gift to others- when you release your unique WHY into the world.
Thanks for visiting!