Paint it, Sign It, Ship It

Paint It, Sign It, Ship It

The concept for this post comes from a book by Seth Godin entitled, "Linchpin." In the book Seth talks about the importance of shipping your work out into the world so that others can benefit from it and enjoy it.

At a recent workshop at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio I talked with the students about the need to finish their paintings and get them out into the world. They responded that they needed to paint it, sign it and ship it. I told them that was a great title for a blog post and video so here it is. I big thank you to all in the workshop for helping with the post.

As artists, we need to finish our paintings and get them out into the world where people be positively impacted by them. Paintings are doing anyone any good if they are laying around unfinished in your studio.

I think about the example of the iPhone, not that we are in the 10th year of it's existence. The iPhone singlehandedly changed the way we live our lives, interact with business, and interact with each other. What if Steve Jobs and the engineers at Apple had decided not to ship because the product wasn't perfect? Who else would have stepped up? How long would it have taken some other company to invent the product and get it out into the world?

Our paintings won't change the world like the iPhone, but they may change the life on one person - and isn't that enough? Our work may bring joy to many people, but we won't know how it will impact others until we ship it.

Of course there is always resistance to shipping our work. There are always excuses: it's not completely finished, it's not as good as I can do, it's not good enough, it's not perfect.

No product (especially painting) has ever been perfect. Art and shipping is not about perfection. It's about getting your work out into the work so people can see it, love it, appreciate it and derive joy from it.

Believe in yourself and realize what you have to offer others can bring them joy, make them happier, and possible change their lives. Paint it, Sign It, Ship It - Today!

For those that are interested in a fun and engaging workshop experience, I have some workshops coming up that you will love: (You can see a full list of Workshops by Clicking HERE.)

  • September 11-14, 2017 Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, WA. to register contact Lisa Bernhardt, or 360-678-3396. Details HERE.
  • October 13-15, 2017 New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, TX. To register contact Sandy Oberg or 210-861-0751. Details HERE.
  • October 20-22, 2017 Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA. to register contact Susan Hamilton or 337-849-6791. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
  • November 2-4, 2017 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. To register contact David at or 336-418-3038. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.

As always, thanks so much for your support! 


P.S. If you're interested in an easy to use color wheel, I now have available my "Simple Color System" on a standard 12-color, color wheel. You can find out more below:

David M. Kessler's "Simple Color System" Color Wheel. Easy to use and understand. The turning pointer tells you the dominant, non-dominant and accent colors to use.  You can find out more HERE - or click on the image.