While I usually try to be reassuring and supportive, I’m here to scare you today with a post that has become an annual Halloween tradition. I hope it spooks you into action. [...]
If you don’t know why you want to accomplish certain things, you’re going to have a hard time prioritizing and moving forward. Take time to identify and write down your motives. [...]
Have you been compartmentalizing your business in your mind? Have you been thinking that it needs a different space (time, schedule) than the one you give your art? Stop it! You’ll be more more effective if you stop thinking of your business actions as separate from your art. [...]
Decide how you will show up in the New Year. Choose the decisions that resonate with you, write them down, and post them in a highly visible place. At the same time, understand your motives for the decisions. Why did you make these decisions? There must be reasons for your choices. [...]
Until you produce art that you believe in without question—art that you know is your best effort, art that you’re proud of, art that you can’t wait to share with people—you are going to have a hard time selling it to collectors or to galleries. [...]
If you haven’t read de Kooning: An American Master, you simply must! This Pulitzer Prize winning book was terrific. It told the personal and professional struggles of one of the 20th Century’s most important artists.
One of the most revealing quotes about de Kooning’s relationship to his art was from someone close to de Kooning. She said:
He was always in doubt.
Do you doubt your work?
Is it better to be sure or to doubt?
Is it possible to be sure?
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Are you looking for that one thing that will propel your art career forward faster than you could have imagined?
It’s easy to get lost in the quest for knowledge. Stop looking for knowledge that you already have and then get to work. Listen to your wise inner self!
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The disciplined practice of making art is mandatory. Everything else is optional–even (gasp!) marketing.
Catch me in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week for a keynote address to the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council.
Visit the beautiful Rocky Mountains AND ramp up your online marketing–May 2-3, 2009!
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