Your art career takes off in the studio. Without the hard work you do there, you are not an artist.
Are you devoting enough time to the studio?
Mira M. White, Who Wears the Hat? Mixed media on museum board.
Sure, I wrote a whole book about getting your art out of the studio, but that’s my job. With everything I write or teach, I’m trying to help you garner attention for your art.
But nothing I say will be useful unless you put artmaking first.
Without your art, you have nothing to promote. You have nothing to take out of the studio and share with the world.
Your art is your voice. It’s how you communicate with the world and find your place. It’s your raison d’être.
Don’t lose sight of that.
When you find yourself checking email
Do you have “New Works” on your website or blog? How long is New new?
We all have creative slumps. Whether you have no interest in promoting your art or are anxious about getting back into the studio, a slump is a slump. Here are 10 things you can do to hasten your emergence from a slump.
I often write about making art big enough to hold your dreams. Pallucid was built in Rebecca diDomenico’s large living room over the course of a year, but she didn’t think much about how she was going to get it out of her home and into the museum. She said: You find a way.
Do you find it hard transitioning between studio and business/office time? What kind of downtime do you need in between?
The definition of a body of work varies from artist to artist. For one artist, a body of work might be defined by size. For another artist, it might be color, media, or subject matter.
Bruce Nauman profile. Artist as observer and synthesizer of words and ideas. And nothing is easy. Every piece of art is a struggle. If you struggle with your work, you’re in good company.
Most compact digital cameras have significant barrel distortion. The wider the lens, the worse the effect. So when you take a picture of someone, their nose looks bigger than it should. Guest blogger Jeremy Lee shows you how to correct for this in your reference photographs.
Every week I give you an art marketing action to try or to tweak. What I don’t say in each issue is that your art must be your priority. I’m here to give you ideas for promoting and selling your art. It’s your job to put your art first—before the marketing.
Future generations have no idea what your intent was in making a piece of art. You have to spell it out if it isn’t obvious. If you want your work preserved in a museum one day, make a conservator happy. Keep notes about your working materials, techniques, and intent.