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the overlap between art I love to make and art I know will sell

making what you love vs what sells

March 22, 2010 in Art as a professiontopics:,

The writer Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, recently reflected on how he developed his business model. He drew two circles on a piece of paper, labeling one “Stories I love” and the other “Stores that might sell”. Where they overlapped, he…  read more


shut up and make art

Every once and a while I need to remind myself of something important. That the primary job of an artist is… to create art. It’s not marketing, social networking, nor applying for shows. My job is to sit in that studio, and sweating out new…  read more


the challenge of being a creative entrepreneur

March 01, 2010 in Art as a professiontopics:

An excellent interview with a fellow artist/ketubah designer caused me to reflect on my own transition from a full-time creative director at a large corporation to being a full-time artist and entrepreneur. It’s tremendously challenging to work for yourself, but that challenge is exactly what…  read more


Surviving as an artist in a bad economy

March 05, 2009 in Art as a professiontopics:

Sigh. Money sucks. Well, no, money is fine, just dandy in fact. It’s worrying about money that sucks. When I made the decision to become a self-employed artist, I knew that it would mean a lot of work. I was trading a decent, steady income…  read more


busy busy busy

January 28, 2009 in Art as a professiontopics:

Because half of my business is related to weddings, the winter months are usually my slow period. It’s the time of year when all the busy work grinds down, and I have more time for taking photographs, or writing in my blog. But not this…  read more


Good financial advice for artists

February 11, 2008 in Art as a professiontopics:,

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or (worse) uninformed. (Did I ever tell you about the time I was in a business workshop for…  read more


sound of the new year flying by

January 04, 2008 in Art as a professiontopics:,

It’s another new year. To borrow the wisdom of Douglas Adams: I love new years, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. It has been an eventful year, and it feels like it is on the cusp of even more. It…  read more


connections

September 28, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:

Gotta love this internet. I am constantly amazed at the positive impact it has on my life. From a business perspective, the internet is what lets me make a living from my art. Without it, it just wouldn’t be possible in the same way. And…  read more


the myth of the tortured artist

April 26, 2007 in Art as a professiontopics:, ,

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about depressing topics is “better” or more serious that work made by happy, well-adjusted artists. But I don’t…  read more


the infrastructure of a creative life

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