annamaria potamiti + the power of storytelling

One of the things that I always make an attempt to do over the weekend (when I have time) is catch up on blogs and sites that I haven’t visited in a while. And since I finished my to-dos a little earlier than I expected, I was able to search through a few artists’ blogs, whose works I admire. Amongst the blogs that I visited, the artist that stuck out most in my mind was Annamaria Potamiti. While reading through her blog, I found this quote, and her paintings became all the more interesting to me…

My home is next to the sea. I watch it in storms and I watch it when at peace. I am spending my time doing small watercolors that are becoming more and more like taking notes of the world around me.

Annamaria was referring to the piece above, entitled The Wind on the Sea. It was just a few sentences, but I felt more connected to the piece after learning a little more about Annamaria’s story. If I hadn’t visited her blog and read that small little tid bit, I may not have ever made a deeper connection, which ultimately lead me to buy the piece. So in the spirit of sharing, I’d thought I leave you with these thoughts today…

Share those little tid bits with your audience. If there is a story to be told, tell it.

Buyers are people. People don’t connect with the materials or dimensions in your product description. They connect with stories. And those stories and connections will ultimately lead to sales. So, don’t be afraid to share a sentence or two with your readers and/or potential customers that builds that bond. Even if its just a little something.

What story would you like to tell about the things that you create?

10 thoughts on “annamaria potamiti + the power of storytelling

  1. When I am doing my poetry on demand, I use a very streamlined writing process that is extremely visceral. I sit at my typewriter and think for maybe two or three minutes about the ideas that were given to me by the people who are buying the poem. Then I roll the paper in and just start hacking away. I try not to censor myself. I write the first draft in 10 minutes. Then i spend a few minutes editing the piece with a pen. Re-writing includes retyping and I often make edits on the fly as well.

    This is SUCH a different way of creating than my longer writing processes. The work is much more raw, but in a way, the less polished work has more humanity.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your process with us Elizabeth. I love what you said here, “…the less polished work has more humanity.” Absolutely! And hearing that phrase makes me want to read more from you. You’ve certainly captured this readers attention.

  3. This is such a lovely piece and I love the idea of sharing a bit about your work, but at the same time I think it’s just as lovely sometimes to share just your work and let it be. I’ve begun to realize that art is more than just the piece itself or the person who created it; it’s also the person observing and interpreting and being affected by it. It’s nice to know the artist’s inspiration, but I could go either way, I think, because a viewer’s uninfluenced interpretation brings another dimension to a piece that would not be there otherwise.

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