I spoke to a young couple, today, in my studio, that asked various information about the place where I work and possibilities and manner of jurying and residency programs and other possibilities in the Industry. This conversation, I have many times with many visitors, where for the most part are sincere but, sometimes all too often, I hear that phrase,“Oh I can do that!”. It comes with the territory, when work in front of the public. It is a fact, that with the advancement of technology. There are a lot of people, that think that they can do the same things that many artist do because of DIY videos, and other platforms for digital storyboards and workshops. That they can do the job that I have chosen to do.
It is part of the problem with all the mediocre stuff out there, today. There are many that are tech-sauvy individuals, but because of technology, there is new majority of a growing groups of crafters, weekend-artists and Yes, frustrated people that need an outlet to their creativity.
Well, those of you out there that pertain to any of these group, take the following advice:
- Seek out the information from those(artists) in your line of creativity and speak to them about how they got where they are Today.
- Learn that the business of art has changed and always continues to evolves.
- Participate in a series of workshops, residencies and Jury processes to know what is expected of you and what is thought about your creative expression.
- Put your ego and thin skin on HOLD, and listen to constructive criticism of your work, and learn to work on how to make it better, more up-to-date, or sometimes, change of directions.
- With the business of Art, there’s a lot of sacrifice and work to make ends meet, just to be able to create, sometimes for no financial rewards.
- Most Important, Be honest with your skills and capacity as a creative individual. There will always be someone out there, that will be better than you. Concentrate on the aspects that you are lacking to grow into a well-rounded creative spirit.
A more, well-rounded artist/business-minded person has to be aware that the mores of the art world and the art/business worlds are vastly different. You can have an online store. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can sell.
Brutal Honesty with yourself and your capacity will be the only way to know if you’ve got what it takes.
I try to encourage as many people seeking this sage advice, and frankly, I know, because I have been down this road. With odd jobs, teaching, and other gigs in order to do what it takes. And, it has taken me this far that I can write about it and share the advice and experience.
There are “many” that just talk , but few that will choose this difficult path of the artist. It ,depends on your perspective, different points of views, open-ness to criticism and focus most of all. Many want my job, because they think its cool…. Try it, and learn that it isn’t as easy as it might seem…..
We as artists need to inspire the curious, respect the creative forces out there, in order to, become a Creative Force of Creators and Community. Think about it and let me know what you think.
(above) A cropped version of my best selling postcard and a marketing tool to know what people are attracted to and what they think about my creative expression. Till my next entry…..
It has been quite a busy and industrious past year and I am glad to say that It is over. Today is the first time that I have spent away from the studio and cleaned and begun to organize my home studio space.
At the end of each year, after the shows and sales of the holiday season I always take a look at the amount of chaos and clutter that I have left untouched since the beginning of the holidays. It is amazing to me, how much we collect in the form of clutter and useless objects that we think we are going to use, and yet I have accumulated piles of empty boxes and left things at home in heaps of “I will deal with this later” and finally I dedicated one entire rainy day to stay home and sort, clean and organize my home studio for the upcoming year.
At the start of each creative Year, I begin to assess what of my work was successful and the others that were not. As artists we are our own worst enemy and being critical of our own creative output is vital to know the real distinction between what is popular and what we personally like to create. My aim, as I did the cleaning today, was to see what, in my mind, is profitable and what needs to be tweaked or entirely eliminated. This, in order to move forward in one or more directions. Too many artists like to stroke their egos by continuing on the same line that they have always done and do not put any or little energy in how to continue with their work in order to satisfy their patrons and followers. Patrons and followers will not continue to to buy the work if it is always the same and will look for other artists who are willing to bring new inspiration to their work by means of format, evolution of style and naturally PRICE. I frequently ask, when I view other artists work if they sell well. When they reply “no”, and continue to make the same type of art to continue not to sell, this puzzles me about the lack of perspective.
In a time, when the change in the air politically and socially. We as artist, need to focus on this change of events to bring out other sides of our creative selves. Do not hesitate to create something dramatically diverse from what you have always done. It is more important to face the challenge and change your work, but more importantly see and hear the reaction to this new direction from others. We, as creative spirits, are at the mercy of our patrons, followers and new clients in order to pay for our artistic strife. Life of an artist is difficult,to be continually inspired in order to create. Especially in a time like this, where there is so much unrest and tension in the air of the things that will come.
In another blog entry “The Dark Series” my mood was too create darker images and versions of my work and have to say that I was able to channel my frustrations into something that was accepted with great enthusiasm and more importantly, GREAT sales.
As this year starts, I am planning to use the successes and failures of the last year in order to move forward and I have chosen some quite radical forms of artistic expression for 2017. I hope that you will continue to follow me and I hope that all of you will be able to choose your roads to creativity and be happy with your decisions.
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Just a quick shout out to all of my followers,even though it is late notice I would like to invite everyone to my annual Holiday show from December 16th( Friday evening) until December 18th (Sunday evening) at the Del Ray Artisan Gallery in Historic Del Ray, Alexandria. For more information please click the following link: http://delrayartisans.org/event/holiday-market-2016/ to see dates,times and other information for the show.
This is a small show that I participate each year where local artists make and sell their art. I have been a member of this organization for a couple of years now and believe it is important to sell LOCALLY and have the support of your community. Making everyone aware of what you do and to exchange ideas and information with other artisans to be able to make the artistic community stronger and where the local community has the possibility support us during the holiday season. I hope that you will all come out and support your local artists where ever they may be. Most artists will tell you, that it is not easy to put yourself out there , but necessary to stimulate new ideas and learn the ropes of artistic commerce.
Some, are better than others, but it is important to participate and take in the feedback from your followers, patrons and other artists in order to move forward with your craft or even change direction.
(Above) is a picture of my shared studio where the opening was last week. Sorry ,that I have only posted it now, but since the Thanksgiving weekend, myself and my studio partner have been preparing and cleaning the studio so that it was presentable for our studio open house. Hope you will all come out and visit me either at the holiday show in Del Ray or at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in studio #332
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