Friday, January 01, 2016

Is your Real Job "Being an Artist?"

It's a New Year

Time for review, time for goal setting, and time to ask yourself some questions.

Is your real job " Being an Artist".

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1.How important do you think an artist's web site is? So, you want your artwork to get attention. How long does it take for people to notice your work? How visible is your work to the public? If you want the public to see your work, a web site is one of the first things to make your artwork visible to the public. Every serious professional artist knows that.

If you don't have a web site, why not? As a professional artist, you need to have a web site. There are more reasons to have a web site than to NOT have one. (I suggest you try FASO.)

Okay now you are getting your art notice, what next:
Let's just be frank - as an artist trying to get your art out to the world and into galleries, you are going to run into some rejection.

 Few artists have found success in the art world without first enduring failure. Not every gallery is going to see the merit of your work, and some of them are going to be pretty forthright in telling you what's wrong with it.

You're going to have to face some "no's" to get to that much anticipated "yes." As an artist, you would be well served to begin developing a thick skin. Don't let criticism or rejection stop you from pursuing your passion.

Remember, any opinion given by a gallery owner or director is just that, an opinion.Look, not everyone's going to like you (or me). That's reality. Different strokes for different folks. But if you want to create anything meaningful in this world, it's important to develop your own winning strategy for handling criticism. Both tactically and emotionally.

This is the first in a series of being an artist.

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Dave Casey said...

Another reason to have a website is to be found when someone sees or buys one of your paintings. Galleries are notorious for not giving out much information to buyers about how to contact an artist. If you have a website then those potential buyers can find you with a simple Google search.

Kim Vanlandingham said...

I've been blessed to sort of "muddle" thru for many years. I'm trying to link everything now. The internet has changed everything. :-)