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Yes, this really is my job. Reflections on the experience of being a full-time professional artist.

don’t worry about being deep

October 31, 2013 in Art as a professiontopics:,

I was on an online forum recently where a young photographer was asking if one photo of his was any good: he wanted to know if it “made a statement” or if it was just “eye-candy”. I replied that it isn’t so simple. A photograph…  read more


September 18, 2013 in Art as a professiontopics:

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


September 12, 2013 in Art as a professiontopics:

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 professiontopics:

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 professiontopics:,

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

When I hit the atmosphere, I’ll burn like a meteor. I wonder, if anyone’ll see me? Ray Bradbury has passed away. Bradbury was a poet. When you read his words, you can actually feel the heat of that rocket summer, or smell the sun-baked stones…  read more

Bach said it best

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

Daniel Sroka's booth at Artexpo New York 2012

so, was it worth doing artexpo 2012?

April 06, 2012 in Art as a professiontopics:

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 professiontopics:

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

“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