Making Art for Me

Many of you have been following me religiously on Facebook and Instagram and know how much I love to share my techniques, ideas and art. Today, I am shutting down my Instagram and Facebook accounts. There will be a lot of questions, as is understandable. And to all of that chatter, I can say: there is more to life than social media.

I don’t need strangers to tell me my self-worth nor do I need validation from a sea of unknown people. I don’t care for follower counts or number of likes received. And I don’t create because it’s a business to me. I am not building a brand…I have always wanted to build community. And I thought social media was a great way to do that. Until I realized that people project their own agendas, their own motives and their own insecurities on my work, without knowing who I am or where I come from. I don’t need that.

Nobody does.

My art is my safe place. It’s my sanctuary and I am protecting it. So, if you’re here, please know that I am not giving up on creating. My core values are empathy, credibility, making a difference, intuition and simplicity and I am going to continue having them lead the way for me.

I will continue to create and share. I will stay present in my real life, collaborate with people locally and create a life of simple giving.

And I hope you will continue to create, too … with your heart first…and your hands will follow.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

10 thoughts on “Making Art for Me

  1. Hi Mansi! Just wanted to say you are amazing! I will continue to follow your work on your website. Best wishes always 💕. Linda C

    1. Thanks a lot, Linda! You have inspired me so much in my own creative journey and I truly appreciate all that you bring to the art community. Thanks so much for continuing to stay in touch. <3

  2. Thank you for all your inspiration. I’m glad your art brings you joy. It brings me joy too. I’m also glad you are taking care of your own soul!

    1. Thanks so much, Sandy. It makes me so happy to know my art brings you joy. That’s all I ask for…that art be a medium to amplify happiness in this world. There’s already so much strife and sadness…I appreciate your being here and your support.

  3. I find the Social Media aspects of this industry daunting and have curtailed most of it. I wholeheartedly applaud and support this decision!

    1. Thanks so much, Vicki. I feel like I have gotten back so much of my time in the past couple of days, not to mention my sanity. Happy to stay in touch with you!

  4. I do enjoy following you and love your art. Thank you for sharing your love of it. Self care is so smart/necessary!

    1. Thanks so much, Donna. Just one life 🙂 I would MUCH rather spend it creating art and amplifying joy than fighting naysayers. I appreciate your being here.

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