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Motivation: Dance to Your Inner Strength

This Tip continues the A.C.T. Life Matters! topic Tapping Into Your Inner Strength introduced in ArtMatters! Vol. #108. Eyes tired? Listen to "Dance to Your Inner Strength"


Gayle Rappaport Head ShotIt's no wonder that newspapers, art publications and radio show hosts have interviewed Gayle about her art. Readers of the Sacramento News and Review recently voted her Sacramento's "Favorite Visual Artist." As soon as you meet Gayle Rappaport -Weiland, you notice her enthusiasm and heart. Her eyes twinkle and her hands dance.

If you need a morale boost, take heed of Gayle's advice on dancing to your inner strength:

1. Believe in Yourself and take the lead.
"You can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it. You have to believe in yourself and express your passion. Visualize your passion in action and use affirmations to remind yourself that there are no limits to what you can do. Live who you are as an artist. Dance with your fear instead of letting it take you hostage."

2. Get the word out and show your style.
"Be visible and network everywhere you go. I hand out brochures at the dentist, in the grocery line-up - anywhere I can - even on the way to surgery. I even made a sale renting a car. I noticed the woman's name was Poppy and I just happened to have a painting of poppies with me. Make people feel special. Send thank you notes or follow-up with a call."

3. Coordinate your steps and repeat often.
"When you dance, you take steps in a pattern and repeat them. It's the same for marketing your art. You have to get the word out again and again and again. Present a memorable, consistent message in your e-mail, your voice-mail, your invitations, business cards and postcards. Show off your brand on your web site, in open studios, at gallery openings and in volunteer activities."

Digital Arts StudioGayle creates beautiful impressionistic works with watercolor and rice paper collage. Gayle's original paintings have been shown in galleries and personal exhibitions. She also offers limited edition prints, a greeting card line, and commissioned work. Gayle's takes her passion for talking about art into adult and children's classes. You can see her work here:

Gayle's final words of wisdom: "Write down one action you are going to take and then make sure to take it. This is the beginning of the 'domino effect.'"

Indeed! And this interview is only the beginning. If you want the company of experienced artist mentors and the company of other working artists on your journey, please visit for ongoing classes or our sister site for books and recordings to help you on your way.

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Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for the encouragement! This is a great article.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Sagara

Thank you so much for the tips from Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. These were wonderful. I especially liked the third tip -
"Coordinate your steps and repeat often." I am in the process of having a brochure made professionally for the first time.
I'm trying so hard to be conscious of my business cards and my website as the brochure is designed.

Thank you for the weekly tips. I might not get to all of them - but I'm grateful for the ones I do get to read.

Warmest Best,


September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToni Ruppert

Thank-you for your comments. I am touched that my thoughts and guidance help to motivate other people.
Truly Gayle

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Rappaport-Weiland

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