This is by no means a complete list or guide, it’s just some tips I have picked up, that work for me, to make life easy along the way :)
- Buy or find ample art materials.
- Choose materials that you love to play with.
- Remember that you have everything you need around you to make art with, use what is already to hand.
- Visions: they can be just a starting point, you can let go of them as you work organically or you can stick rigidly to them to honour the original vision.
- Wait until your art is finished before asking for feedback or showing it off. Honour your art by letting it be a true reflection of only your undiluted heart.
- Trust yourself.
- Take a new turn or risk in every piece, the magic happens this way.
- Make to a high standard, no cutting corners. Go that extra mile to make something heroic.
- Keep detailed notes on how you make each piece. Recipes, techniques, the order you do things and names and brands of colours you use.
- Recognise when and if grace enter’s a piece.
- Don’t fall in love with your art too quickly or keep the parts you love visible right through to the very end.
- Act on the energy of the moment, when a piece wants to be made – make it.
- Allow your art to be what it wants to be. Do not deny it!
- Listen to your art and obey it. Let it guide you.
- Look for each step to take, however tiny, to move a piece forward.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes when making, to avoid physical distractions.
- Keep setting yourself challenges in each new piece, this will help to maintain your interest over 40 years.
- Practice and don’t be precious, don’t expect works of art to come out either.
- Observe clarity and keep an open mind.
- Stay fit and agile. A healthy body is a healthy mind – healthy heart, healthy art.
- Make your life drama free. There is enough drama already in the world without you adding to it!
- Sort out your love / home life, so it’s supportive of what you do.
- Sort out your income, so money is not an influence on what you create.
- Give yourself a designated creative space, where you can be completely free.
- Recognise when you are motivated and inspired.
- Give yourself more than enough time.
- Trust your own experiences and ideas, that they are valuable enough to be made into art.
- Be silly.
- Read and travel to broaden your mind.
- Make friends with people, not of your tribe, to broaden your horizons.
- Watch Youtube tutorials, attend classes, do courses, teach and learn.
- Be ready for all sorts of obstacles and hurdles, take them in your stride and keep going.
- Exhibit regularly
- Update your artists statement regularly.
- Ask for feedback and when you get it, take it on the chin, listen and learn, no need to react.
- Sell you best pieces, so it forces to make more of a high level.
- You are making for people you will not meet, pay it forward, give them a real treat.
- Let prints and licenses sell themselves, concentrate on selling the more valuable stuff.
- Give approval, do not expect it.
- Be encouraging of others work or be quiet.
- Join a group of artists and meet up regularly.
- Let other people cooperate with you and earn money from your art too. i.e. gallery owners, web developers, assistants, coaches, packaging experts.
- Photograph everything you make and name your files with the title, your name, materials and date.
- Archive your art in print quality (2000 pixels) and screen quality (1024 pixels).
- Back up your hard drive.
- Sell licenses – it’s another income, plus another way to share and archive your art in the world.
- Create a free online portfolio with Saatchi Art
- Purchase your own domain name.
I have written more about marketing and selling art in another post.