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Back to the Blog - Thoughts on What Comes First

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 25, 2010 at 1:19 AM Comments comments (0)

What Comes First

 

The blog has been on vacation while I recovered from a cold and managed the process of pulling two small group art exhibits together (while trying to finish my artwork for both those exhibits and a couple of other upcoming art events). Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this, I let myself get sleep-deprived, and the next unfriendly virus that came along found me an inviting target.

 

The lesson here is: No matter how tight my schedule, I have to find time to take care of myself. That should be my first priority. Get enough rest, eat right, get some exercise and an occasional massage. There's no substitute for these essentials, and they ARE essentials, not just "nice-to-have" options. Lesson learned, for now. And I'll probably have to nudge myself again - and again. It's an easy lesson to forget when you're doing what you love.

 

Meanwhile the shows must go on! See the next blog entry for details about these exciting exhibits.

 

Happy creating -

Linda 

Be BOTH an Outrageous Artist AND a Sophisticated Successful One

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 15, 2010 at 6:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Artists are free spirits, weirdos or complete nutcases, depending on who you talk to. And we’re proud of it. We’re the outrageous innovators, breaking patterns in the interest of freedom, full self-expression and the First Amendment. Anything resembling stick-in-the-mud regimentation makes us break out in a cold sweat. 

 

When you’re in your studio creating, give that free spirit free rein. Otherwise, you’ll never grow as an artist. 

 

When you’re out in the world communicating with potential customers, you might want to rein that outrageousness in a tad. But only if you want to appeal to ALL your potential customers.

 

Generally speaking, potential art patrons fall into two broad categories:

  • Those who dig your outrageousness and want to see more.
  • Those who fear your outrageousness and want to tame it.

Whether your art is straightforward representational or off-the-wall abstract, you’ll find art enthusiasts who like your style in both these categories. It’s not like you have to paint something wild and crazy for one group and something tame and boring for the other. Paint (or sculpt, etc.) what you want and how you want. But like it or not, your best chance of succeeding as an artist lies in relating to both these kinds of folks.

 

How? By acting like a professional. You don't have to become someone else. Just think of your public persona as your “polished” self. You’re still the creative genius you were meant to be – you’ve simply put on another one of your multi-talented hats, that of the sophisticated, urbane expert in your field. Some suggestions:

  • Learn to describe your art in terms anyone can relate to. Don’t go overboard with art school lingo. Who are you trying to impress, your art school professor? When showing your work, your goal isn’t getting an A in Painting 101 – it’s to help that potential customer understand your work enough to want it desperately.
  • Resist getting carried away with your own personal interpretations of your work. It can actually be fun to listen to how viewers respond to your art and to engage in conversation about the varieties of meaning that can be attached to your work. Relating to your prospective patron like that will smooth the way to more sales.
  • Above all, don’t get defensive about your art. If someone criticizes one or all of your pieces, you must take it in stride, at least when you’re out in public. Temper tantrums are for two-year-olds. Rising above a self-appointed critic’s worst is the best revenge.

Being all that you can be as an artist means becoming as free and fully self-expressed as you possibly can. It also means being both the outrageous creator and the sophisticated professional when the time is right.

 

Happy Creating -

Linda

Seeking Honor, Respect and Love? Find Them Here!

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 6, 2010 at 2:58 AM Comments comments (0)

“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.” – Aristotle

 

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao-Tzu

 

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.” – Unknown

 

Honor, respect and love – 3 things we artists often seek from others. We long for our work to be honored by contest judges, exhibit jurors and grant committees. We crave respect from art critics and the art community. We jump through hoops to find patrons who love us and our work. (And of course, people in other professions never experience any of this, right?)

 

If you want to be worthy of honor, Aristotle seems to say, you must believe that you deserve honor. If you want to earn respect, according to Lao-Tzu, you must know that you are good enough exactly as you are, and you must be yourself without comparison to others. The same applies to your work – it is what it is, YOUR unique creation, and it can't and shouldn't be compared to anyone else's. If you want to be worthy of love, the best place to start is by loving yourself. No one deserves your love more than YOU do.

 

When you clearly, authentically find yourself worthy of love, respect, honor, you’ll act like it. That will go a long way toward attracting others who also find you honorable, respect-worthy and lovable. While those others are catching up with you, you won’t be sitting around waiting – you’ll be creating the art you were meant to create.

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Whatever your calling in life, respect yourself, honor yourself and love yourself enough to create the life you deserve.

 

Happy creating –

Linda