What sticks out for the most successful, notorious artists is their absolute devotion to their art, to the exclusion of everyone and everything else.
|Hours and hours and hours.....|
You've got to put the hours in!
Not only to the art but to the putting it out there. One of the most successful artists I know prides herself in painting just one day a week. The rest of her time she spends promoting her work, prints, original paintings, cushions, mugs ,cards and all sorts of merchandise. A little bit of art can go a long way!
As far back as June I wrote a post describing my weekly schedule, and this in a way is an update on that.
Although I wouldn't go quite as extreme as my super marketing friend I do recognise you need to spend time on marketing efforts. To such an end I ditched one of my two going-to-work-and-getting-a-wage type days in favour of staying at home and doing the paperwork and the on-line stuff.
It's sort of worked.
|Birdhouse detail .|
It's telling really that a lot of my paintings have a domestic theme!
I've painted more than anything else even though I said I was going to spend more time on the business side of my art practice.
I still can't paint to the exclusion of everything else. The domestic work needs to be done, and the burden falls on me. I just cannot bring myself to ignore it, and this I suspect is my downfall.
I once heard a female artist being interviewed on the radio. "I would have been more successful if I'd had a wife to look after me" she said.
But life has to be rounded, and a life spent simply painting would be dull......Or would it?