Yes, feng shui can help you sell more art. It’s True, I know—I’ve tried tried it, and so have a few of my friends.
Let me begin by telling you what feng shui is. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of harmonizing energies while also influencing energy to run in a direction that serves one’s intention and greatest good. Feng shui is not a fluffy, get-rich, be successful, fall-in-love, fill-in-the-blank-quick scheme. The effects of a feng shui cure may take hours, days or weeks to manifest and it requires the efforts of both the Universe and you to co-create the desired outcome. Whether you are well versed in the woo-woo or a magic-making rookie anyone with a clear intention and open mind can practice the art of feng shui.
You might be wondering now, how will it help me sell art?
Since everything in the Universe is composed of energy, you first need to focus on the energy in your studio, your work and your self. It is important that you release any energy that is keeping you anxious and fearful about selling your work in order to make room for energy that supports your success, excitement and goals. The easiest way to get in touch with the vibration of your space and the work produced within it is to ask yourself, “When I walk through the door of my studio how does it make me feel?” If you feel that something is off or could be better, then, feng shui will help you raise the vibration of your space.
What you would then be likely to experience is a shift in the energy of your studio space, in your motivation to work and in the way you interact with others – especially those purchasing your work because the frequency of your now-higher vibration will attract the same. In other words, the level of motivation you have to produce and share your art will attract the same level of enthusiasm from fans and consumers to invest.
Recently, a fellow intuitive of mine cleansed, cleared and feng shui’d the studio of her brother, artist Greg Kessler. For the past six years, Kessler has inhabited a space that was once part of a flourishing artist’s colony in the 1970’s. And, whenever a space or environment has an active history like that of Kessler’s studio, it is common for residual energy to exist, because historic energy is embedded in the floor, the ceiling, the ground and the walls. Sounds kind of groovy right? Well, not so much when there is a rumor that someone died in your space – which was the case with Kessler. The residual energy of that event could very well have been contributing to the way Kessler felt upon entering his studio, which he described as finding himself “drained” “tired” and “unmotivated to work”. Furthermore, the space itself is large and beautiful, but Kessler continually felt like something needed to be “fixed” taking his attention away from his work.
What needed fixing was the energy of his space. So, Kessler turned to feng shui, and what resulted was a shift within the energy of himself, his work and the eyes of his admirers. In fact, Kessler is now in talks with a few new admirers that magically showed up right after feng shui’ing his place.
One of the first things Kessler did was to define a clear goal or intention, and I highly suggest you do the same. Do you wish to have more visibility for your work? Then, you need to decide who’s eyes you wish to attract – a certain gallery owner, critic, or curator? Do you desire more financial freedom? Then, you need to define your target market and design your feng shui cures around that targeted group. Do you feel drained of energy to produce your work and wish you had more vim and vigor? Then, you need to look at the affect your environment has on your mental and physical health.
Clears intentions and desired results inform the feng shui practice.
But, since we are talking about selling more art, for the purpose of this post, I have provided you with five simple tips you can implement today in order to achieve better results with the sale of your work. (And whether or not these tips sound crazy to you – just try them anyway.)
1. Clear your clutter. This is BIG. If your studio or office overwhelms you, clear that mess now. Clear anything and everything from old files on your computer to boxes of supplies and negatives to sweeping the floor and throwing out the trash. Make room for new work, hang old work on the walls, turn your space into a gallery. Make sure your studio is organized and ready for any potential buyers or admirers who want to take an impromptu walk-through. And, right after your space is all spiffy INVITE PEOPLE OVER! Show these possible clients how much you love your work and how invested you are in your message or simply making the world a brighter and more beautiful place.
Another Tip: Move 27 things around your space to uplift the energy. It has to be 27 though because 2+7=9 and nine is the number for Abundance.
2. Create a working space that inspires you. Put stuff on the walls, make a shrine, or keep everything austere. What colors, landscapes and interior spaces inspire you? What looks best for the display of your work? When you walk through the door of your studio you should feel charged and excited to create. Keep in mind that not only should your space serve your creativity you also want it to feel welcoming to potential buyers. How you shape the energy of the space is key. (Mini wine fridge and cheese anyone?)
Before Feng Shui/After Feng Shui – Which Space feels more inviting?
3. If you have a bathroom in your studio space, keep the toilet seat down. You think I’m joking right? I’m not. The toilet represents the sewage system, a place where the old and dirty is flushed away. Leave your toilet seat up and symbolically you are flushing money away. This is especially important if your bathroom falls in the Abundance gua of your space. The same holds true for waste baskets. Get that garbage can as far away from your Abundance and Fame areas as possible. If it happens to be built into a cabinet or connected to the wall, put a top on it. ASAP. Keep your money in your space. (If you don’t know where the Abundance and Fame areas lay within your space check out this guide to the Ba-gua here.)
4. Amp up the Fame area of your space. The fame area represents your connection to the world. Make it strong and on fire. Does the lighting in your studio highlight the beauty of your work. Are all of the lightbulbs functioning? Add vibrating colors like red or orange to that area of the room. Place a money tree in the fame area as well. The reason being plants feed fire and fire is the element of this fame-ous gua. Furthermore, hang your latest and greatest painting in this area symbolizing the attention that it will garner from fans.
5. Embed prosperous energy into your work. One tip is to anoint your work (and your dollar bills!) with money drawing oil and vetiver essential oil. Both of these oils are used to attract money, income and riches. Dab a bit of these oils on the back of your work, mix a small amount within your paints or place it on invoices and papers you exchange with clients. Vetiver in particular has long been used to help soil fertility, now let it fertilize your wallet. Tip number two is to incorporate a red string (in the denomination of 9) somewhere within your work. You can sew a red string of nine inches into your canvas, draw nine red bows on the back of a print or use Red Glaze No.9 on the bottom of a ceramic pot. Whatever you choose to do, it must be red and the number nine must be included.
Start with these five tips today, and if you have any questions or testimony to their magic be sure to post about it in the comments section below.This uncharacteristic, but truly valuable post was written by our very own Jackie Tierney, an artist and intuitive who can be found at JacquelynTierney.com — Top Photo: Dave Fayram