category: Art as a profession

why I don’t sell limited editions

April 15, 2020  in  Art as a profession & Featured related posts:

First of all, photography is an open edition art form. Limited editions make total sense for many traditional art forms, where the master image degrades with each printing. But one of the pleasures of photography is that you are not limited in the number of…  read more


We really need spring

March 26, 2020  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Sometimes, we just really need spring to arrive. Not like a lamb, nor a lion, but like a wave — rising up and washing away all traces of the past winter.


Scarcity

April 01, 2019  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

When I was a kid, scarcity was part of the music experience. We’d scour used record bins in the backs of stores for quirky or interesting albums. We’d jerry-rig antennas to pick up that one crazy little radio station playing Frank Zappa. We save up…  read more


Artexpo New York 2016

April 06, 2016  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

This week I am once again showing my art at Artexpo New York. Unlike previous years where I had my own booth, this year I am a part of the ADC Fine Art / Blink team in booth 109. The last show I did on…  read more


the darkroom vs computer

February 02, 2016  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

In a way, a darkroom is just rough industrial age computer, one that uses chemicals instead of code. Both are machines, tools that let us resolve and visualize captured data. Isn’t this what Eastman hinted at, with the old “you press the button” ad campaign?…  read more


a treasure to photograph

September 08, 2014  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Sometimes, even a simple task like walking the dog can yield a treasure of new things to photograph. This time of year, I am constantly collecting leaves, twigs and bark whenever I find myself outside. I think I am going to need to limit my…  read more


kicking and screaming to make art

February 05, 2014  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Last week, the writer and actor Wil Wheaton discussed some of the difficulties behind creating. He described how his friend Cory can just sit down and effortlessly write, while for him, it is a slower and more challenging process. We have all known people like…  read more


advice to an art student – part 2

November 21, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

An art student ask for some advice about how I make my style of art. This a continuation of what I wrote back to her. Once you have taken the time to slow down, relax, and try to really see the scene in front of…  read more


advice to an art student – part 1

November 06, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

I received a great email the other day. A college student wrote to tell me: “You are a huge inspiration to me as a photographer. I wanted you know know that you really helped me develop as an artist and see the world in a…  read more


collecting the new fall leaves

September 30, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Summer feels like it just barely ended. But with the arrival of October (already?!), the temperature has begun to creep down, and the leaves have started to fall. Yes, my favorite time of year! Every fall, I usually head out to the local parks for…  read more


Success

September 18, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Just as failure shouldn’t be feared, success shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal. Success is neither impossible nor assured. It is just another part of the creative process, that ongoing cycle of failure to success to failure to success (with tons of hard work in…  read more


Failure

September 12, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:

We are all so afraid to fail, or even afraid to admit it when we do. But failure is a normal part of life, especially the life of an artist. We are tightrope walkers, attempting to do a profession that is odd, ridiculous, and against…  read more


how a new collector chose my art

May 15, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:

A new collector of my art shared with me how she chose my art for her home. With the art she selected and the way she installed it, I believe she created a perfect composition for this nature-oriented retreat in her home: “(Our home has)…  read more


learn the craft of selling your art

April 12, 2013  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

The incomparable Ze Frank just put up a video talking about living the creative life. A lot of the “secret” behind living a creative life is in actually, well, living a creative life. Like incomparable Ze Frank says, if you want to be a writer,…  read more


thank you Ray Bradbury

June 06, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:

When I hit the atmosphere, I’ll burn like a meteor.I wonder, if anyone’ll see me? Ray Bradbury has passed away. When I was a teenager, I devoured every book of his I could get my hands on, usually musty paperbacks from the one used book…  read more


Bach said it best

May 16, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

I was just browsing through Ted Orland’s excellent book Art and Fear, and came apon this great quote from Johann Sebastian Bach. After he wrote a set of training pieces, Bach said that he wrote the music to: “…glorify God, to edify my neighbor, and…  read more


discoveries while walking the dog ©Daniel Sroka

small discoveries

April 27, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I was having a hard time focusing on work this morning, so I decided to take our dog for a quick walk to clear my head. (I do some of my best business planning while walking the dog.) The sun was bright but the wind…  read more


Daniel Sroka's booth at Artexpo New York 2012

so, was it worth doing artexpo 2012?

April 06, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Artexpo New York is over for the year, so once again it’s time for me to think aloud about my experiences. I do this mainly to help myself process the experience, learn what worked, and figure out how to improve for next year. But at…  read more


Preparing for Artexpo once again

March 16, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Artexpo New York is less than a week a way, and once again I will be showing my art there. If you are attending the show, please drop by booth 1108 in the Solo Artist Pavillion and say hi. This will be my second year…  read more


the greatest poetry

February 14, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

“The greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson I’ve been trying to say something like this for years. Leave it an astrophysicist to come up with the…  read more


Who has influenced my art

January 20, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Artistically, I am inspired by a broad range of artists, cartoonists, and writers. Alexander Calder (sculptor) I love the whimsy and technical brilliance of Alexander Calder’s wire sculptures. And there’s that story of how Calder showed up for a solo exhibit with no art. When…  read more


a great year for leaves

October 27, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:

This time of year, you’ll usually see me looking down at the ground as I walk, with a clutch of dried leaves in my hand. It’s leaf hunt season again — one of the most important times of year for my art. This is when…  read more


North Wind I, abstraction of an autumn leaf ©Daniel Sroka

how I name my artwork

October 11, 2011  in  About my art & Art as a profession related posts:

The names I choose for my art all follow a certain style: short names of no more than two or three words, that are metaphorical, not literal descriptions. This method wasn’t a conscious decision at first, it just happened — my art seemed to want…  read more


Thank you Steve Jobs

October 06, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:

When I was 12, I earned my first computer by helping scrape a hundred years of paint off my uncle’s house. It was an Apple II, one of the first thousand made. This was back when a computer came with nothing on it except a…  read more


introducing two new galleries

September 30, 2011  in  Art as a profession & News related posts:

I’d like to introduce you to two galleries that now carry my artwork: Beeseye Fine Art in London and Gallery Veronique in Cincinnati. I met them both at Artexpo NYC this past spring, and am excited to be working with them. What impressed me the…  read more


my job is absurd

June 17, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

My job is absurd. When I stop to think about it, what I do for a living is simply, utterly absurd. Today I spent hours staring at the seed from a maple tree. Not the whole seed, mind you, but a fragment of that seed….  read more


Back to making art!

May 17, 2011  in  Art as a profession & News related posts:

After what feels like forever, today I am back to making art. And it feels great! The last few months been so busy (prepping for Artexpo, relationship-building afterwards, ramping up my ketubah biz for wedding season, etc.), that I haven’t been able to take as…  read more


Some of the artists at Artexpo 2011

So, was it worth doing Artexpo?

May 10, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Artexpo took place over a month ago, and I feel like I am finally able to come up for air. It was such a busy, crazy experience! The first thing artists ask me about the show is “was it worth doing?”. My answer is a…  read more


My booth at Artexpo 2011

Artexpo is over!

March 29, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Whew, Artexpo New York was a huge success. Everything I could have hoped for. After granting myself one morning off to recover a little, I am crazy busy processing all of the notes, business cards and action items I collected through the show. I promise…  read more


my art is framed and ready to go

March 04, 2011  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Yesterday I made the 1+ hour drive down to French Canvas to pick up my canvases, all framed and wired and ready for my booth at Artexpo. It’s getting closer!