Decide What Your Year Will Look Like

Scott Courtenay-Smith, Man, . Oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches. ©The Artist

DECIDE that each day will be a good day and that you’ll be in a good mood. That’s right: You can decide. DECIDE that you’ll sing, smile, laugh, and dance more often. DECIDE to make this a rewarding year filled with things and people you love.

DECIDE to set boundaries around your studio time. The discipline of a studio practice is what makes you a professional. DECIDE to try a different color, experiment with a new media, or open yourself to art that is different from your own. DECIDE to be supportive of all artists in your community.

Scott Courtenay-Smith, Sky, Roof, Man #2. Oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches. ©The Artist

DECIDE to set boundaries around your personal time. You can’t be a vibrant artist if you don’t take care of yourself. DECIDE to understand what is

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Art Marketing Action: Believe

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.

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Deep Thought Thursday: Doubt

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?

©Carla Sanders

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Podcast: Stop, and then get to work

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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Podcast: Return to your art

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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