After participating in a panel discussion about career
goals for artists at this year’s Portrait Society of America Conference
I wanted to share a few more tips that I use to keep my art growing and
evolving every day. Or at least, that’s what I’m striving for.
For the Portrait Society of America Conference in Atlanta this year, I
was invited to participate in a panel on Professionalism, Leadership,
and Service. I was asked to speak to “Building a Career for the Long
Term.” Now, anyone who saw my tax returns for 2010 would NOT have put
me on a short list for advice on professional success, but I guess
there are different kinds of success. For artists, commercial and
financial success is only one goal. So, don’t ask me for financial
advice, but I am happy to share my thoughts on what have been some
guiding principles for an oil painter’s long-term career goals.
Sometimes in making a small study for a larger oil painting, an artist
will sketch in certain areas very loosely. It's almost as if she says
to herself, "and there's some other stuff that fills in this area of
the composition, but I'll think about that later." With the set of
small paintings I was doing recently, I wanted to push myself to answer
those questions earlier, and allow myself more time to critically
consider the elements I include, before committing to the time and
scale of a large work.