When I’m asked “Where do I start?” I can cite 4 steps that an artist should take in the beginning of a career. Step #1 is to be completely devoted to your studio practice.
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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When times are good, artists make art. When times are bad, artists make art. When time stands still, artists will continue making art.
Artists who are true to themselves do not make art for the marketplace, but for themselves–to start a dialogue with their viewers, their fans, and the world. They make art because they have something to say that is best said not with words, but through a creative act. They make art because they have to. The marketing stuff can come later.
Janet Checker, San Blase Panama. Oil, 48 x 24 inches. From the “Women of the Americas” series. ©The Artist
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