11 Lessons I’ve Learned As An Artist: The Short List
1. Try new things, in life.
Step out from behind the canvas and have new experiences from which you can draw inspiration from.
2. Believe in yourself.
Great! Once you’ve done that, your art is not about you, it is about them. At this point you should be asking yourself what is in it for your collectors since you already know what is in it for you. The sooner you can define it, the better you will feel.
3. You will feel vulnerable at times.
It takes a lot of courage to share your artwork outside the scope of family and friends.
4. Define what success is to you.
5. Practice your craft, a lot, if you want to improve.
The quote by Picasso, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” holds true for me. Not every painting or creation will be good, but there are discoveries while you are creating that will surprise you and ideas carry over into the next piece.
6. Be patient with yourself.
Enjoy the journey along your creative path.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others.
What is good for one artist will not necessarily work for you. Don’t let someone else’s success discourage you. You are right where you need to be. Build community and follow your own path.
8. Join local art groups for friendship and support.
9. Give back and help others.
Again, this keeps the focus off of yourself and helps enrich other peoples’ lives.
10. It’s ok to change course.
If something is not working, nobody is going to fault you for trying something new.
11. My 11th and final lesson; is to realize that your art is not for everyone, (only the sexy people).
Ok maybe that is extreme, but the first part is true.
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