Archive of 2007

on buying art

April 13, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

One of the challenges of being an artist is trying to convince people to actually buy your art. There are a tons of art fans out there, but not so many art buyers it seems. I’ve had so many people visit my studio, appreciate my…  read more


the infrastructure of a creative life

April 05, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

I believe that the most creative act an artist can do is figuring out a way to give themselves the opportunity to create. It seems that the majority of my time goes not into making art, but into building and supporting the infrastructure of my…  read more


Sun and Moon - an abstraction of an acorn cap ©Daniel Sroka

The perfect shade of brown

March 30, 2007  in  About my art related posts:

I am now on day 3 of my quest for the perfect shade of brown. Yes, the life of an artist is a glamorous one. 🙂 The color in question is an important part of this new photograph of an acorn cap. The brown I…  read more


Flight: an abstraction of a maple tree seed ©Daniel Sroka

Auction benefiting Friends of the Urban Forest

March 28, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I have donated one of my open edition prints, Flight: an abstraction of a maple tree seed, to an auction benefiting the Friends of the Urban Forest. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a great organization that helps get trees planted in the…  read more


your studio is like a pair of jeans

March 24, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Paula at Self Taught Artist recently posted a picture of her studio, and suggested we all do the same. It’s always fun to see someone else’s studio. An artist’s studio is their primary tool: the home base for their creativity. A studio is like a…  read more


art is not essential – it is important

March 17, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I’m in an online class with a group of artists, and the other day someone mentioned that they believed that art was essential part of society. Everyone agreed, but of course we did — we’re artists after all! But I’ve been mulling this idea over…  read more


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 02, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

Today is the birthday of Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss. As an artist, he is one of my heroes. When people ask me which artists I have been influenced by, I look to people like Ted Geisel and Charles Schulz. Geisel was man who combined dizzying…  read more


a tree falls in the forest

February 28, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Today on her blog, Alyson Stanfield coyly asked: If you create something and no one else ever sees it, is it art? I think some of the best art are the small private things you create just for yourself, and then let fall away. The…  read more


seeing the world through someone else’s eyes

February 27, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I believe that people buy art so that they can see the world through someone else’s eyes. Most people are used to seeing the world in only one way: through their getting-through-the-day eyes. They are used to seeing things as they are, and using their…  read more


Support not critique

January 25, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Seth Godin suggests that, when it comes to creativity, “the brave need supporters, not critics.” This made me think of my advisor in college. Steve pissed me off a lot. When I’d come to his office, confused over the direction of my concentration, he wouldn’t…  read more


The gallery myth

January 18, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

There’s a popular idea that for an artist to be a “success” they need to be in a gallery, especially one in New York City. I get bit by this bug all the time, but I am starting to believe that this is just a…  read more


The necessity of writer’s block

January 18, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Is “writer’s block” something that should be avoided? Is procrastination so bad? I wonder. Suffering through a creative block is something that every artist fears. But it is also so common, so prevalent, that it might just be an integral step in the process of…  read more


Rethinking your career goals

January 09, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I love it when someone manages to put into words an idea that’s been banging around your skull for a long time. In his blog, Shane Nickerson (via Wil Wheaton) writes about how his career goals, which he has held dear for a long time,…  read more


New Year’s Resolution

January 01, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

My new year’s resolution is a simple one this year: to not base my sense of success on benchmarks established by other people. There are a lot of ideas out there about what makes an artist a “success” — gallery representation? Money? Fame? Artistic credibility?…  read more