This blog posting is dedicated to every crazy artist who finds themselves disorganized, discouraged, and lacking hope. To all creative souls stuck in artistic purgatory; somewhere between amateur and entrepreneur…remember….
Dispelling the Artist Stereotype: Kathleen Cavender mixes business with color
It’s because she is smart.
She answers to no one.
She keeps rock n’ roll hours.
She’s confident, proud, arrogant, delightful; stunning.
- Art making is 90% hard work and 10% talent
- Being an artist is not a big deal…you just are one
- Don’t be influenced by what others think of your work (good or bad). Just keep painting what you want to paint.
- Be professional ; take some business classes
- KNOCK ON ALL THE BIG DOORS FIRST!
- Set a goal of how many pieces of art you want to have produced by a certain time. Be realistic, but don’t give yourself too much time. Too much time is also a saboteur. You lose motivation.
- Don’t talk about your work. Just do it. Thinking about it is one thing; talking about your artwork releases the steam…deflates the passion. Sabotage!
- Don’t show your work before it is completed for the same reason as talking about it. It deflates the passion. It also sets you up for outside opinions that might influence you in a direction you may not want to go…causing you to think too much about what people think. (An exception would be when you are giving a demonstration.) *note: for those who have painted for many years like myself, this is not often an issue. Even so, I am careful to not display too much too soon to too many people.
Weekly classes in the studio:
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