Is it harder to be a woman and have an art career?
I’m not talking about the fact that the art world is still male-dominated. I’m talking about juggling roles that are perceived to be held traditionally by women with your career as an artist.
Do you find it difficult to be wife, mother, caretaker, carpool-driver, housekeeper, and have an art career?
How or why is it harder to do this as an artist than if you were in another business?
What would make it easier? What could you do differently to make it easier on yourself.
And what about you guys? What do you think?
It’s well proven that we need rest and relaxation for peak performance.
Artists need to get away or get out of their heads in order to be refreshed and newly inspired.
Enter the artist’s retreat.
You might have official getaways planned in the form of retreats. I often refer to Art Biz Breakthrough as a retreat because it allows you to get away from the daily grind and focus on business-building.
How do you get away from it all?
Do you have regular retreats planned? Where do you go? What do you see and do?
Do you plan weekly or monthly retreats?
What do those look like?
Please share in a comment below.
There’s an art controversy in my sleepy little hometown of Golden, Colorado.
Six bronze sculptures have been recommended for deaccession from the City’s collection. The reasoning:
– They were mass produced in China.
– They are judged to be of lesser quality.
– They are signed by “fake” artists. No one can find an artist by these names.
And, yet, many people love these pieces.
I’m curious about what you think.
Busy in the studio, busy at home, and busy in the office. Everyone is so busy that it’s a boring topic. I’ve even made it an important goal to never utter the words I’m so busy.
But lots of the busy-ness involves sitting on our butts. And when we’re not doing that, we might just be so involved in deadlines and commitments that we forget to eat.
None of this is good.
Today’s big question originated from one of my Inner Circle members: How do you take care of yourself?
Curious Monday is a weekly question that is sent only to subscribers.
I’m curious about how you live your life as an artist, how you juggle the demands on your time, and what you’re thinking about.
I hope you’ll read the responses from other artists.
Maybe you’ll get some fresh ideas or even feel a little more connected as a result.
Feel free to email me with suggestions for future Curious Monday questions.
Living the life as an artist is hard enough, but it’s made harder when those we’re close to don’t support us.
We need people around us who can support us emotionally – people who believe in our message to the world. It really stinks when friends and family don’t believe in our goals.
Have you lost friendships because people couldn’t support your life as an artist?
We all have projects that are part of our lives for longer than originally intended. The more we avoid them, the more monstrous they become.
Procrastination is in charge.
Today’s question …
How do you motivate yourself to finish up a project that has been hanging around the studio too long?
How to you face a project that you committed to, but no longer have any interest in?
If you ever doubted that routines are important for doing strong creative work, read Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit.
What is your morning routine?
What do you do each morning without thinking? What do you wish you would be able to do in the mornings?
Do you rise and shine early? Or are you a late starter?
Respond on this first Curious Monday post.
I’ve asked about what it means to be “too commercial” before, but this article in Hyperallergic had me thinking about it again. It discusses a limited-edition $2,500 book by Annie Leibovitz for Taschen and the Wu-Tang Clan’s plan to sell access to a pricey album for 1-time-only listening.