©Helen Klebesadel, The Watchers. Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Used with permission.

Building an Art Business Is a Choice, Not a Sacrifice


Steven Sweeney mentioned he could not get the remarks to work (hope that hasn’t transpired to any person else). He required to increase this:

I made the decision previous February, on the afternoon of a day in the place of work cubicle that commenced as any other, to pick an uncertain regret over a specific one. The latter would be to desire, late in life, that I’d taken advantage of both my eager fascination in and intensive coaching in drawing and portray. The former “regret” contains walking away from the bi-weekly paycheck, the health and retirement gains, the relative certainty of figuring out what I would be “doing” each and every day for work. I moved all my dwelling space furnishings to the jap 1/3 of the area and transformed the other 2/3 to a portray studio–daylight lights procedure, blackout drapes, easels, a year’s offer of paints, medium, canvas, boards, brushes and frames. I had offered my company employer 6 months’ notice, so that I could adequately educate my substitute. In the 10 months now since “retirement,” I have put in 80% of my days working with other folks’ challenges (really serious, not trifling), but the phrase is obtaining out that there are times when I won’t pick up the phone or reply to your electronic mail, because I’m in my studio. It’s not a entertaining little pastime, it’s my new vocation, my career, my function. I will very likely miff kin and eliminate make contact with with some friends in excess of this. So be it. Final evening I designed and printed new company cards.

I’ve joined a team of like-minded people (Outside Painters of Minnesota) and will be part of many of them in close proximity to the Canadian-Minnesota border in late January to paint plein air winter scenes for a week. (About this, a gallery operator, a plein air painter himself, remarked just yesterday, “You’re crazy.”) But most importantly, I know that I need to shell out a calendar year developing up an inventory of superior-high-quality function, to evidence my skills as perfectly as my intentions. I see many paintings each individual working day that are “better” than what I currently develop, and but they continue being unsold. This doesn’t discourage me. I have offered paintings in the previous, and will do it all over again. I have to do the job smarter than I did in advance of. Prints and observe cards I have produced from my paintings continue to be extremely well known, but I need to source economical distributors of the resources. Of course, I’m emotion a fiscal pinch now, which simply just usually means I have to shift on transforming my priorities. In quick, I just cannot do it all at when, but I can do a thing just about every day, and “something every single day” is the variation involving do or do not. And finally, DVDs, textbooks, workshops and classes present information and facts and inspiration, but until finally I’m pushing paint all-around on canvas or board with my have fingers using my individual products and talents, I’m no artist. No matter whether I regret the changes I’ve made in the past 9 months is mainly up to me. I can have the mind-set about it that I opt for. So far, so great.
– Steven Sweeney


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