June 23, 2014
It’s Monday, June 23 and I have dedicated myself to writing a blog entry every day.
I do not consider my life to be what anyone would describe as exciting so this could be the most incredibly boring blog ever if I just talked about my life. What I think is important is to connect with other artists.
Maybe other artists are also feeling that their life is also not incredibly interesting but they are nevertheless also developing their art career and are also learning more about how professional artists structure their days from day to day.
I don’t want this blog to be just a one way dialogue and want to hear from other artists (and any creative business person/entrepreneur) too so we all can learn from one another.
What works in your life? You are always learning how to manage life and create the best art you can…just like me. It isn’t easy.
So that is what I will talk about – each day what I do to create art and make what I do better and the other adventures into art that I embark on and the other things that just happen that enhance or interfere with that.
I have been refreshing my art education since the beginning of the year. I spend a portion of the beginning and/or end of the day learning something about art and artists through history. This must come up (art history) just with the every day sketching I have been doing…I have been involved in the study of values and perspective, for instance – and how can the study of value and perspective not lead me to learning more about da Vinci?
I have been trying to shore up the holes in my art education in other ways – for example, I have been learning more about oil painting. You can’t paint well if you can’t draw well…I think.
I want to paint some scenes from around our property to frame and hang in the living room which is currently being remodeled a bit to make it more of a gallery space for my sculpture. So I have been on Stapleton Kearns blog and he is fantastically educational not just about painting but about art history.
These things and more (to be shared in future posts) have been important inroads to keeping me motivated to sculpt more and to always think of myself and my work as truly a professional endeavor.
I hope to hear from anyone out there, all of you artist/entrepreneurs. What do you do every day? Do you try to continually educate yourself about art and what is it you do to keep your work it’s best and to keep your muse alive?