power artist excellence in art and social media

Genuine individuals like Melody Lea Lamb help to make the competive art world a kinder place. Melody is an avid social media user who’s positivity is infectious. She is an award winning children’s book illustrator who also specializes in miniatures art of animals as wells as fantasy. She works primarily in colored pencil, watercolor and India ink.

Recently, Melody won the 1st Place, Gold Medal in the  2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her illustrations in a children’s book, Moonlight Memoirs. Melody lives in New England, United States along with her husband and two teenage kids. It is a pleasure for me to introduce you to Melody Lea Lamb.

“PowerArtists are the social media ‘rockstars’ of the art world! Not only are they talented creatives, but they understand how to harness the power of social media and use it to promote their art careers. #PowerArtists are inspiring and freely share their knowledge with others.”

“Is Melody Lea Lamb an artist who can also talk to animals—or a lover of fur and paws who also draws like a dream? Her fans can’t tell where one gift ends and another begins. All they know is that the combination has led to some pretty interesting life circumstances, from teaching art in a chicken coop to composing watercolors on horseback. And that may also be why Melody’s renderings of fairies and forest vistas seem as alive as her portraits of horses and cats. All creatures great or small, real or imaginary, inspire Melody’s brush.” ~Written by Melody’s sister.

Describe a typical day in the life of a #PowerArtist:

My typical day begins with a 5:30 wake up and coffee by the wood stove with hubby before he heads off to work. Then I multi-task between social networking on Twitter and Facebook, and getting my teenagers up, fed and delivered to their different schools.

My dog and I then usually go for a long run (I’m training for my second “Run for the Critters” race in May) and I get down to work on my business.

Normally the first order of my business day is packing and shipping art. I really enjoy sending out my art and take extra time to make each order special with extra goodies enclosed in the packages.

I’ve found that I absolutely must schedule my work day (I use Google calendar) and then follow my schedule to the best of my ability. I schedule time to paint, to work on my various online shops and time help promote my Art for Critters group.

Early afternoon is all about my kiddos, dinner, homework, etc. Finally, I wrap up my day with quiet time on the couch, cats and laptop purring (more social networking) and hubby beside me catching the news.

Give an example of how you use social media to promote your art career:

I’ve found a combination of providing valuable information (on Twitter and Facebook) with thoughtfully and sparsely placed self promotion works very well for me. Its about 90% value, assisting and promoting others, interesting links…then 10% self promotion!

"Dandelion Mouse" ©2011 Melody Lea Lamb

If you could meet any artist: past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

Claude Monet and Robert Bateman Because I adore their work for two very different reasons!

  • Monet because I respect and admire his ability to capture the feel of his beautiful gardens in the loose vibrant impressionism.
  • Robert Bateman because I think he is one of the greatest wildlife artist of his time.

Mel in her studio

If your art could be displayed anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I thought a lot about this. Since I am painting mostly tiny little works of art that are affordable and easily kept-displayed, I’d like one piece of art in the home of every interested person on the globe!

What sage advice would you give an artist who is just starting out in his/her career?

Follow your heart, don’t get discouraged, keep an open mind, and stay humble!

"Spring Chipmunk" ©2011 Melody Lea Lamb

As a #PowerArtist, what do you do to ‘give back’ or ‘pay it forward’ to your community?

Top of the list for my “pay it forward” is the Art for Critters group that I co-lead. We are 35 artists who have donated $50,692 to animal charity since 2006. I also am training to run my second “Run for the Critters” which I will do in May. Last year I personally raised $1500. for animal charity on my Race for the Critters! I also delight in promoting other artists which I try to do daily on Twitter.

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Thank you to Melody for sharing her inspiring story that embodies the essence of a true #PowerArtist! ~Lori

Be sure and visit Melody’s websites, blogs and social media networks:

http://www.melodylealamb.com/
http://www.miniatureanimalart.com/ (Gift Shop)
http://melodylamb.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mllamb47 (Esty)
http://twitter.com/MelodyLeaLamb/
http://www.facebook.com/MelodysArt

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PS. Let’s meet on Facebook and Twitter!

PSS. You might like to check out these great instructional books by North Light Books: Watercolorists Answer Book and Keys to Painting Fur & Feathers