HollyDeanArtist: Often Medieval in Mood: Living an Artist's Life

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Living an Artist's Life

Artists are business people too.

Since achieving more of a balance between time spent on my own art and Cirque work, I have been able to make exciting choices for new directions with my life as an artist. That includes teaching small groups in my studio, joining a local mixed media art organization, visiting and participating in more exhibits and taking online classes to "fill the well", among other things...

I have always found that by focusing on where you want to go and what you want, you automatically wind up on that path. Opportunities appear to help you get there; you have started things in motion. That's why it is important to be mindful of what you are focusing on! In one of those serendipitous moments, I came upon Alyson B Stanfield's artbizblog and this fabulous book:

"I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion offers practical advice to help you sell more art and build an art career that lasts."
I read a review of this book where the person apologized for how long the review had taken to be posted. They had been reading the book, jumping up and doing what it suggested and then coming back to read some more. Happily, I have found the same experience. I am taking a while to get through it (although it is a very pleasant read) because I keep DOING. How great is that?

I’d Rather Be in the Studio! references favourite books that are already part of my artist's arsenal, so it is a really good fit for me. More on those books another time...

If you have used this book, I would love to hear how it impacted your artistic journey. Or maybe you have a favourite book you would like to share. Please share by leaving a comment :)


  1. Yup, it's great to be more organized, and getting things done!

  2. Holly: Thank you for sharing this. I'm glad you're finding the book helpful. Just don't read it at night. Too many ideas!



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