It's officially been 1 year since I launched my online art business, and this is what it's taught me so far.
5 Lessons Learned as an Artist that Changed my Life (in 1 year)...
1. It’s a mistake to think I have it all figured out
About anything, ever. Life is more interesting when you’re a person who asks a lot of questions, not one who has all the answers. Raise your hand, spend a little extra time in the library, or just Google the H out of it. Pick a new question and repeat.
2. It’s never too late to make it better
I get frustrated when a painting isn’t turning out how I thought it would, but the pieces that I didn’t give up on are the ones I’m most proud of--even if it took me months or years to get it right. The same goes for relationships, difficulties, and hopes and dreams.
3. Get involved with others
It takes some effort, but I’ve never regretted asking someone I trust to critique my work. Vulnerability may be fatal to my ego, but the more I open up to others, the better my work becomes. We need community more than competition.
4. Focus on what you focus on
For me, it’s the night sky. Gazing up and thinking about the vast and extraordinary design of the universe gets me HYPE. The feeling of being so small yet so divinely placed among the stars heightens my intellectual, spiritual and creative processes to a point that sustains my work beyond earning money or approval.
5. No one else is you (or me)
It’s easy to look at a work of conceptual art in a museum and say “My toddler could do that.” But if such a baby genius could replicate it, chances are she wouldn’t be able to elucidate and argue for her ideas and the purpose behind her artwork, at least not in the same way as a practiced artist who can understand and defend the power of his original concept. Discovering those concepts may take time, but they’re already works of art as soon as they come to you.