Blog Post 8.28.12 (Just doing it!)

I have been having a lot of conversations with a lot my artist friends lately, trying to figure out the future, figuring out how to be an artist & make a living at it.  Also have come across a lot of articles on the subject (funny how these things pop in front of you just when you need them).  One thing I noticed is that the more painting I do, the more thinking I do! I guess it opens my mind, to think deeper than I have before.

Tranquility 36″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas

A thing I came to realize is that if you want something, really really want it bad, you will work really hard to accomplish it.  I noticed a lot of people want things now, they expect it to be easy, or they say they don’t have the time to work as hard to the depth they need to to accomplish that goal.  Then in the next breath, almost always is “I don’t know how you do everything that you do!  I’m just not you!”  Well, I know I am no super-woman, I just have this emergent urge to reach my goals.

I always wanted to be an artist, or I guess I always “have been” an artist.  But I was waiting until the time was right, when I could quit working and go to school so I could learn how to be an artist.  Well, time kept coming and going and the time to go to art school was not going to happen.  So, I decided that I could just do it, teach myself.  I have read everything art related I could get my hands on.  Got brave enough to try different techniques, got over the fear of “wasting money & materials” (you have to do that!), took some painting classes at the local museum, joined an art guild, learned how to hang exhibits, learned how to publicize, learn to inspire other artists, finally took a painting workshop, got a studio and have been painting like crazy!  And, all this while working full time at a non-artistic job!

Maybe I am a bit crazy, hyperactive, or just desperate to get my art created before time runs out.  Either way I am having the time of my life!!  I don’t have the answer on how to get my goals accomplished, but I am figuring it out along the way.  And I am still determined to make a living with my art!!!

(The photo above is not perfect.  Taken with my phone camera)

6 thoughts on “Blog Post 8.28.12 (Just doing it!)

  1. what a great post greta

    esp liked,

    “A thing I came to realize is that if you want something, really really want it bad, you will work really hard to accomplish it….”

    wanting it, and doing it, that’s you young lady; best wishes, see you in austin start of the new year 😉

  2. Hey Greta,
    I totally agree that throwing yourself in head first and not looking back is essential to potentially succeeding, but more importantly the fact your giving yourself a chance to have a blast and do something that makes you happy is paramount. Most people prioritize wealth and happiness as occupying the same space; this is not true; money can make things easier and ease worry, but the idea f it being a road to happiness is a fantasy.
    What you said about wasted materials and understanding money being spent without hope of return is just the way it is cost when doing the experimentation and preactice needed to develop your chops as an Artist you could not be more right. However it is important to attempt to recoup as much as you can by forcing use of your left brain when it comes to picking where to show your art, pricing, time management, and organization of your studio.
    Approaching the business of being an Artist solely in an artistic (right brain) way is a sure fire path to taking a negative ROI to the point of no return!!

    BTW, I have enjoyed seeing you blossom in the short time I have known you from a “I’m not sure if I can attitude, to the person who wrote this post!!”

    When you have the chance call Deb & I to talk some strategy!:)

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