What Artists REALLY Want

What Artists REALLY Want

I spent a week at one of my favorite conferences at the beginning of the month – a marketing conference but so much more.

One of the things that we were challenged to think about was how we define success…

And that got me thinking about how we as artists define success.

I don’t think it’s quite what people think.

So much more than just getting into a gallery or making money from painting…

You can narrow down the things most artists REALLY want to just three. And the main one is to make paintings they love.

I go over the other two as well in today’s video.

You know what!

The best way to make fantastic paintings is to paint regularly.

Forming the painting habit is so much easier when you’re surrounded by other artists who’re working towards the same goal!

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How to Decide What to Paint

How to Decide What to Paint

Hey there.

I had a conversation with one of my students this week that I just had to share because it’s one I’ve had with so many students, so I think maybe you’ll be able to relate.

What she asked me about was finding something to paint that inspired her. She was really struggling with that. She was looking for the perfect spot, the perfect place. If you ever done that, the trouble is there is no such thing as the perfect spot.

Have you ever watched a whole bunch of plein air painters at a paint out? All rushing around trying to find the prime place to paint. In reality, the best place to paint is the place where you are right now.

Don’t wait around for the perfect spot or the perfect photograph. The perfect fill-in-the-blank with whatever.

Instead, try this, what’s right in front of you. Most of the time you don’t need to go find that perfect spot or need to find the perfect subject. You just need to paint. So instead of looking for inspiration somewhere else, look right in front of you. Look and see what’s right there. Don’t wait for perfection. Just get started.

Avoid the predictable, and counteract the expected. You want to avoid the predictable. What I mean by that is that you don’t want to do the cliched subject. You want to do something that is a little bit different and that might mean that you take a different perspective. You get up above it; you get below it; you get from a funky angle; you look at it in a little bit different way; or you get up close to it or you pull way far back away from it, but you avoid the stereotypical view of it.

The other thing that you can do is to make sure that where ever you are you’re looking for interesting value patterns, because you can find that in the most mundane subject. In fact, I’m going to show you. I have just a mason jar sitting here on the table. You could make an interesting painting of that mason jar as long as you look for interesting value relationships, interesting value and color patterns.

It’s not just the subject matter; it’s what you do with it. And think about how those value patterns and the color masses are created by the light. When you do that, you can make anything look interesting because truth of the matter is everything is interesting.

It’s the attention you pay to it that makes it interesting. You can paint whatever is around you. And those of you who are my course, Catch the Light, let me turn just a little bit. You’ll recognize the edge of that building and the streetlight that’s right up there because that’s one of the modules in the course.

So it doesn’t have to be something grand, something elaborate, or something extraordinarily outstanding. You can make it that just by what you do with it.

When you’re an ART+WORK+LIVING Community member, community, support, training, and resources is exactly what you get. 

Becoming an ART+WORK+LIVING Community member is your access to me, Mary Gilkerson. You'll also gain access to an amazing community of artists, along with resources that my AWL team has designed to serve artists just like you. Our specialty is pushing artists to the next level of success in a positive and supportive environment. 

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What’s the Secret to Becoming a Successful Artist?

What’s the Secret to Becoming a Successful Artist?

What do we mean by being a success in art?

The key to that question is knowing what success means to you. You can’t create a success path unless you know what success means for you. Otherwise you won’t have any idea of where you’re going or how to get there.

So let’s dive in and look at what goes into creating a success path that’s in alignment for you.

Know your why and don’t be afraid to own it!

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Three Myths About Being Successful As An Artist

Three Myths About Being Successful As An Artist

 
There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul, as well as having an impact on the world.

So in order to have that sustained, sustainable, creative practice, you need to build a solid painting practice. You need to develop an engaged audience and you need to nurture a sustainable creative mindset.

I talked about the first a good bit last week.

The second is what I’m going to talk about today, and that is to build an engaged audience.

I’m going to be focusing entirely on that engaged audience component.

There are three myths about being successful as an artist that I want to debunk because they lead directly to a lot of people not being able to do that.

A Painter’s Life

A Painter’s Life

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Becoming an ART+WORK+LIVING Community member is your access to me, Mary Gilkerson. You'll also gain access to an amazing community of artists, along with resources that my AWL team has designed to serve artists just like you. Our specialty is pushing artists to the next level of success in a positive and supportive environment. 

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Making Art You Love (part 1)

Making Art You Love (part 1)

One of the most common worries I hear from students and aspiring artists is whether they have enough talent or not. We’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

And our culture reinforces the concept every time someone gets labelled a creative genious.

The truth is that there’s genius inside all of us. Being creative is at the core of human DNA.

Watch small children, before they’ve absorbed the cultural limitations, and they are ALL little creative geniuses. Children are inherently fantastic artists.

So that means that we need to reframe the question.

It’s not, “Do I have enough talent?”

Instead, “What do I need to rediscover and learn so that I can make “genius” paintings, like I did as a child?”

There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul as well as having an impact in the world. And the impact of your art is directly related to the strength, passion, and originality of your painting.

  1. Develop a Solid Painting Practice
  2. Build an Engaged Audience
  3. Nurture a Sustainable Creative Life

And I’m going to be talking about all three over the next week.

But today I’m going to talk about the first – Developing a Solid Painting Practice

The first step is getting in alignment with your creative why, the thing that fuels your passion. That feeling and passion gets passed on to your audience.

Second, commit to a routine and rhythm for your practice. Inspiration shows up during routine practice.

And last, deepen your understanding of the fundamental principles of painting.

  • composition
  • value
  • color
  • light
  • surface
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Processes

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