Deep Thought Thursday : In the creation of any work of art, there is some point, no matter how much training and experience is brought to bear on the work at hand, when the artist is taken with a feeling of both exhilaration and terror, the Oh shit. What the hell have I gotten myself into! moment
ART IS PROTEST. – John Perreault What do you think?
When do you decide it’s time to give up on a piece and recycle its components?
How do you know when an artwork is finished? When is it time to sign the work and move on?
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?
How do you get over creative blocks? How do you start making art again?
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.
Without your art, you have nothing to market, and there would be no need for you to read this blog.
Without your art, you wouldn’t be an artist. You’d just have an interesting hobby.
Without your art, your gifts to the world would be fewer and far less original.
Get back in the studio and make art!
Jacqui Beck, To The Cypress. Acrylic and mixed media, 10 x 20 inches. ©The Artist
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.
In Linchpin, author Seth Godin defines artists broadly as people who act on their big ideas