Artists live, in general, an art filled life. In other words art touches all aspects of their lives. For example most often they live and work in the same space. This uncongenial lifestyle of course has its merits but can certainly be a challenge in a number of ways.
Today I am going to share with you 5 Best Practices to help you enjoy the challenges your own art filled life may include. First I want to share with you a story of my own art filled life. It includes doing an outdoor Farmer’s Market and the last one included torrential rain and supercharged wind. Three artist canopies were destroyed along with some of their products. Thankfully no one was injured and the market continued after the storm. Today I am drying out my products and getting them ready to repack for next week’s market. I have found that I enjoy the challenge more and more of the unexpected, I love being outside, and enjoy going back week after week. During the week I am refilling my stock by making more items to sell. It is a creative and unconventional lifestyle that not only works for me but also kindles and refreshes my creativity each day.
- Practice resiliency. It is true that not sweating the small stuff makes for a happier person and certainly applies to us artists. It’s amazing how much more energy you will have to create when you practice this.
- Practice perseverance. Keep going, just like the old saying “If you’re in Hell, don’t stop, keep going” unknown author. Stay focused on your positive life and art. You may have to start telling yourself a different story of yourself to make the changes necessary to continue to thrive and grow as an artist.
- Practice sociability. Don’t spend all your time in studio, get out; talk to people, interact, and it will be easier to talk to your potential customers and patrons.
- Practice Follow Through. Whether it means really pushing an art piece you are working on or emailing a gallery or shop to see if they are taking new work. Follow through.
- Practice your practice. When I make art a part of my daily life I am much happier. For example, a misfired kiln broke my creative schedule and routine. I could not wait to get back at it today and get ready to fire tonight.
I hope that you have an art filled fulfilling day and also hope this blog has been helpful to you. I would love to hear your thoughts and your experiences that help you live an art filled life.
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