I think this has been a very good year for me as an artist. No, I did not sell tons of art, but I think I finally realized how seriously I want to be an artist.
Up till this year I passively was waiting till something would happen so that I could be an artist full time. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was just waiting. Now I feel this determination to just make it happen!
After The Storm
Several things happened that I think made me feel very strongly about it. Starting 2010, with an artist friend’s encouragement, I read the book “The Artist’s Way”, by Julia Cameron. I had it for a while, but I had a hard time getting into it. My friend was going to join a meet-up group to go through the book and asked me to join her. It was the best way for me to get through the book, and even though I did not think I got much out of it, everyone I know said I definitely got a lot out of it! Then this year, another thing I think helped me a ton was investing in an art workshop for myself. I took a 5 day Abstract Acrylic & Collage workshop from Robert Burridge. Well, let me tell you, it definitely lit a fire under me to get painting! Since the workshop (5 days of painting, a bit of eating, painting, sleeping and more painting) all I want to do is paint all the time! I think also, just watching a successful artist paint and go through their “process” was fascinating, and made me realize that I “do” know what I am doing and I am not doing it “wrong”. Watching someone go through their creative process was amazing, and I could understand what was going through his head while he was painting. It was just awesome!!! I strongly recommend all artists invest in themselves and take a serious art workshop. Last but not least, thanks to an awesome friend (that I met during the “Artist’s Way” group- talk about serendipity!) I got a studio space to paint. It has made such a difference!! Now I can paint for hours non-stop, have several paintings going at once, it’s just too fun for words!!!
I think also getting involved with social media helped me. There is a lot of information out there from different artists, and a lot of encouragement also. Doing blog posts sort of regularly about my art, sending out info on Twitter and Facebook, and also helping other artists with their social media needs has been good for me. I started “Flourish Social Media” this year, after I had artist friends wanting to pay me to help them set up their Facebook pages, Twitter & blogs. I hope that with that on the side I can support myself with just than and my art! That is the goal anyway…
In the works...
I am really looking forward to what 2012 has to offer. My goals are to paint as much as I can, and get my work out in the world. Along with a few other artist friends we will be brainstorming together and encourage each other to be able to make a living through our art. It’s a scary “art world” out there, but I am determined to do it! Life is too short to not do what you love and were meant to do!!