Artist Mentoring with Laureen

This is about what’s important.

It’s about what matters to you. About how you’re going to do it and feel good about it. About your time, ambitions, energy, skills, hopes, dreams, distractions – how will you be the artist you know you can be?

Sometimes you feel overwhelmed.

It’s an overwhelming time. You have concerns you’ve never had before. Perhaps you also have new responsibilities. It’s a time of disruption and disorientation for so many people. Yet out of all this, you feel like there is something else you want.

You ask yourself if you’re really creating as much as you could. Or as well. If there’s a way to get your art into the world more easily, or to feel less at the end of the day like you didn’t do what you wanted. And more like the productive, fulfilled and visible artist you dream about being.

If you have questions like these, you definitely aren’t alone. Managing multiple expectations, structuring your daily life so it supports regular art time, and feeling satisfied with your choices are ongoing struggles for many artists.

The good news? You can use your creative brain to figure all this out. You can ask different questions, questions that will help you be your best artist self without so much struggle.

What do you want?

What’s important?

What’s important enough so you can commit to it?

If you don’t know what’s important, how do you know whether to do it or not?

What does commitment mean?

Maybe you want a more regular art making practice. Or more attention for the art you make. Maybe you want accountability. A sense of direction. Proactivity in your art career. Sound art business skills.

And you know what you no longer want.

Procrastination. Self-criticism. Confusion. Frustration.

You’ve come to the right place.

I developed Artist Mentoring to help you transform.

Because I know how you feel. I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been a working artist for over 30 years and exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in more than two dozen solo and two-person exhibitions as well as over 40 group shows. I’ve worked as an organizer of exhibitions and as a curator, and from 2009 to 2014 I operated my own commercial gallery, Grasslands Gallery, in Val Marie, Saskatchewan at the gateway to Grasslands National Park, until I decided to close it so I could spend more time with my own studio practice. I love to learn. It’s a core value for me – I take classes, engage coaches, and conduct a self-education practice, so I can continue my own artistic and business growth.

I’ve also been a board member and Provincial Representative of CARFAC Saskatchewan, and a board member of CARFAC National and the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency. I was a founding board member of Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective (CARCC). From 1988 to 2013, I researched, wrote, and produced the Saskatchewan Visual Arts Handbook; in 2006-07 I produced a Visual Arts enhancement to The Art of Managing Your Career, published by the Cultural Human Resources Council. In 2008-09 I was writer with CARFAC Saskatchewan’s Visual Arts Sector Best Practices Development Project. And please feel free to ask any further questions you may have!

I know that being an artist can be hard. I also know that it’s all possible, because you have a good creative brain and you can do this. All I have learned is at your disposal – to help you create the artist’s life you want.

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I will give you personalized support,  assessment, encouragement and feedback as you make and take your art to the world.

Here’s how you begin:

You take the first step in your next direction. You make the commitment to your artistic career. You decide that you want things to be different.

Then you contact me. You invest the time and focus needed to tell me what you’re dealing with, and I’ll invest the same in you.

Here are the questions I want you to answer.

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your time zone or nearest major city
  • Your website and any relevant online portfolios or social networking profiles
  • Your art form and how long you’ve been working in it
  • How do you describe your artwork?
  • What achievements are you most proud of?
  • What challenges are you currently facing?
  • What are your biggest priorities right now?
  • Why kind of help are you looking for?

I know it’s a lot of questions! I know this requires your time and will to dig deep and reach for your best answers. But I can promise you that if you answer them honestly, you will be further ahead.

All responses are treated as strictly confidential.

You can click here to get to my contact page.

How do I work with you?

I limit my mentoring practice to a small number of very carefully selected clients, who receive in-depth attention to transform their art, career or business.

Mentoring sessions take place via Skype or phone.

Before I take on a client, I want us both to be 100% sure we’re a good fit for working together.

So I provide a half-hour introductory session where we get straight down to work on your goals. This is the only way we can both know for sure whether I’m the right mentor for you. There’s no charge for the introductory session.

And if we’re a good fit, you’ll make a three month commitment, for one mentoring session each month. The time schedule is important – my experience is that clients who can  make this commitment get the most out of our hours together, and the most for themselves. The cost is CDN $300, or $100 per month, and the term is renewable as needed.

If we decide together that mentoring with me isn’t for you, I’ll be glad for the time we’ve spent together and wish you well.

And if we decided to go further, I trust you. So at the beginning of each month I’ll invoice you $100, one-third of the full fee. Nothing up front, just a monthly pay as you go. You can pay by e-transfer, credit card, or PayPal account.

All sessions in your three-month program are one hour long. We’ll set up their timing once we’re in process.

This is my most intense program. It gets results. My clients make huge changes.

Are you ready to do the same thing?

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Laureen Marchand – Artist, Teacher, Artist Mentor

I always loved what I called making things, but as I was growing up I never met an artist or saw an original piece of art. Then, in eleventh grade, a new girl moved to my school—a girl who had spent her childhood in galleries and art classes. With her as my new sense of what was possible, I began college two years later as a painting major in a BFA program. Since then my art career has taken many twists and turns, but this has always been where my heart is and where all other goodness comes from.

Now I live and work in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, gateway to Grasslands National Park and one of Canada’s most beautiful and remote regions, where I paint full time. Inspired by both the beauty and the remoteness, I make oil paintings that consider how we perceive beauty and what we think beauty is. My paintings look realistic but they’re not just about surface appearances. I decided a long time ago that if I could paint someone or something so it looked the most like itself, it might help us see not just the painting’s subject, but ourselves in it. I want to say, “See how beautiful this is. How beautiful you are. Look at how much is there. Just look.”

My exhibition career spans over 30 years and more than two dozen solo and two-person exhibitions as well as over 40 group shows. My paintings have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council, are held in many public and private collections, and have been represented in exhibition catalogues and reviewed in newspapers and magazines. I have contributed widely to Canada’s artistic community as organizer, teacher, mentor, writer, and curator. I hold the Canadian Artists Representation “Tony” Award for service to the visual arts in Saskatchewan and the Centennial Leadership Award for Service to the Province of Saskatchewan.

Contact me here.