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.
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.
Perhaps sometime over the last couple of years, you looked at your most
recent drawing or oil painting and thought “Why am I doing this?” The
economic recession has caused all of us to rethink our commitments and
has given many artists reason to doubt that “making it” as a
professional is a realistic goal. For most of us, sales and money in
your pocket make you feel like a “real” artist, and give (maybe false)
validation of one’s accomplishments at the easel.