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Be BOTH an Outrageous Artist AND a Sophisticated Successful One

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 15, 2010 at 6:03 AM

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 -


Categories: Creating My Art Career, Thoughts on Creativity, Beauty & Other Important Things

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