There are a few artists who say that to be an artist, to call yourself an artist, you have to spend every possible waking moment creating. You have to have an understanding family because you wont be doing much cleaning, cooking or even being home.
I don’t accept this, we all have responsibilities and I actually enjoy cooking and cleaning. It refreshes my mind, it gives me time to think. And I admit to myself; I am not creative 24/7. I am multifaceted. I like many, many things which is sometimes a problem but it’s all part of life and learning to be the best person I can.
I have a full time job Monday to Friday 9-5 so my week is pretty booked out with travel and professional work. Weekends are my release, my time to create and play. But I don’t stress out if I don’t feel like painting. I create pretty bad art when I am tired or not in the right mindset.
Some may say bad art is better than no art; I am still undecided and would rather aim for the best than use my time to make something I am not interested in.
Overall I wish I had more time to create (no full time job!) but I am happy to crank out a few paintings / ideas / sketches in the few hours I have on the weekend.
Life is ever changing and amazing so I can change up my routine later.
How do you use the hours you have to create?
*Photo credit “Death to Stock Photos*
I saw this concept somewhere else and cannot claim credit but I thought it was a great idea.
I am now offering an art subscription where the purchaser will receive 4 paintings over one year. They are small 8×10 paintings and hopefully it will show my progression as an artist. I am only offering 5 people the chance this year to test the waters, but I would love to grow it and reach more people in the future.
Click my Etsy Shop Listing to find out more. I hope I have covered all the potential questions.
Have you seen or purchased art subscriptions before? I am excited about sending the same person multiple pieces that they can collect 🙂
*Photo credit “Death to Stock Photos”
I have asked myself this question a few times recently. What keeps me going if I have had no sales? What keeps me motivated?
There are a few things that I think about: The past and the future.
How long since my last sale.. it wasn’t that long ago now was it (May)? It was a great sale too!
What am I doing for the future? I have a few things in the pipelines –
- I have a little write up coming soon in the next issue of Art | Edit
- I have entered to attend a large market at the end of year – Markit@ Fed Square
- I plan to enter a local art show for the end of the year
- I entered the Australian Etsy Design Awards
- I am working on my 2016 calendars (One abstract geometric and one watercolour flowers)
If I get any doubts about myself I just look at what I have already done, but more importantly I have found that it’s what I am doing for the future that really counts.
What helps you when you have no sales?
So I started a gratitude journal a month ago.
I had been feeling a bit low in esteem and motivation for my art and I thought that wasn’t helping to get things done. Instead of focusing on how long I haven’t had a sale – why not write down all the good little things that happen in my days?
I felt if I could look back at all my little achievements then I wouldn’t feel so bad and it would give me more motivation to think about future projects.
I got the idea from the Business Bakery – Julia keeps a 100 day journal. The idea is to have a goal and you have 100 days to make it happen. Like Julia says:
“Writing in your journal every day makes you think about your goal every day. And thinking about your goal kinda makes you DO something about it.”
My goal is to be happy and motivated. Everyday I really have to think and ask myself what went right/ what was the best thing I achieved that day?
Some days were very hard to think of good things, so I would put things that I loved and made me happy like “Bed” and “Cooking with my husband” 🙂 Other days were awesome days like when I took a chance and “Entered the Etsy design awards” or “Danced like no one was watching” (Because I was home alone and no one was watching hehe)
Overall I think it is a great idea and it really keeps me in a positive frame of mind.
Have you tried a journal? How did it work for you?