January 5th, 2013
Ideas about art and business and creativity for young artists and old ones too but it’s the young ones who ask…
- Only give someone art they’ve bought when it has been paid in full
- Contracts are good. Get everything in writing when making a deal.
- For any commissioned work, always get at least half up front.
- It’s ok to do things for free but don’t give yourself away all the time. Your time is valuable.
- ‘Exposure’ us good but so is eating and paying the bills.
- Don’t be afraid to say no when it comes to selling a painting for less than you want for it.
- Trust yourself and know when to walk away.
- Selling art feels like you are being supported but just because you haven’t sold anything lately doesn’t mean you aren’t any good.
- Even the most successful artists suffer from self-doubt. Just do your best.
- Your friends are usually terrible critics.
- Your partner is usually your best critic.
- You are good enough but you can always get better.
- Beware of tropes.
- Your best work will always be done when you’re sober.
- Straight lines are best made with a ruler.
- A string, a tack or piece of tape, and a pencil will give you a perfect circle.
- If you see something in your painting that you want to change – change it. Otherwise, it will nag at you every time you look at the painting.
- Sit and draw people in real life. Don’t just draw the pretty ones.
- If you wear headphones when you paint, invest in a good pair.
- Natural spectrum light bulbs will give you the best light.
- Make sure you have plenty of sunlight. Caves are depressing to work in.
- A great painting takes time. Don’t be afraid of taking the time.
- Love what you do and what you make.
- Practice makes perfect.
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