Lori McNee is a powerhouse in paint and on Twitter. It's where we met, but we didn't stop there. We expanded from tweets to e-mails and telephone conversations that led to further mutual support. You can read the interview I did with Lori here: http://budurl.com/McNeeFeatArtist. Below you will find a series of guest posts I wrote for Lori's Blog.
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"How Does Money Relate to Your Artist Lifestyle?"
Perhaps you are in the fortunate position of not needing to worry about making money from your art. That is terrific - and unusual. Most working artists want to at least cover their expenses or need to make a living of making art. Knowing how much money you invest and how much you earn from your art, and exactly how much of that is clear profit, is critical to your ability to remain in business. If you use art to support yourself and maybe also your family, you must have come to terms with the role of money in your vision and the lifestyle you want to create.
Money is just one metric that shows your level of success in marketing your work - it is by far not the only one, as the next few posts will show you.
"You Are in Charge of Your Art Career"
Gone are the days of art professionals taking care of you. We are each responsible for our own lives and our own choices as artists. The sooner you learn to take control of your art career, the better. Times have changed...As the world embraced an entrepreneurial and individualistic approach to commerce, the art world followed. Now galleries come and go, commissions are larger and dealers do less for you. You can get help, but you are still in charge.
"5 Common Traits of Successful Artists"
STOP. Before you read this article...Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths & imagine. Now let your mind find a memory of a time when you felt successful. Walk into that memory and experience it all over again. Use all of your senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, balance and acceleration, temperature, direction, pleasure, and your kinesthetic awareness. Open your eyes and remember that feeling.
If each one of you told me what you just experienced, there would be some common aspects and many differences. That is the great thing about having a successful career as a fine artist. You make it up, just like you make art from what your mind conceives. I've observed 5 common traits in successful artists.
"How Do You Define Success as an Artist?"
"There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." ~Arthur Rubenstein
When I ask fine artists to define "success," what they tell me that they want typically falls into 4 categories.
"How to Overcome 3 Common Barriers to Success as an Artist"
Artists who do not feel successful seem to run into 3 common barriers, mostly self-generated. The good news is that each of these barriers has an antidote that you already have within your grasp to becoming a successful artist.
"When Are You Ready to Call Yourself a Professional Artist?"
It's not always so easy to identify exactly what makes artists professionals. Anyone can consider himself or herself a professional artist, but that doesn't make it so. I ran a juried contest in which I asked artists to define, "When are you ready to call yourself a professional artist?" There is more to professionalism than simply claiming it.