Best Practices (so far)
There are so many ideas out there. And so many artists. And so many people wanting to help artists. I could spend hours and hours researching, reading, learning, and trying implement all the mountains of ideas and styles into my work. What I've found is that too much information just causes me confusion and angst.
I need to focus on strategies that will work for my business and what will help me accomplish what I want. The first step is to figure out what I want!
Also, looking at other artists paintings (and their accomplishments) too much can make me feel small. Not that I begrudge their success, but c'mon, I'm human. It can make me feel inferior and that can lead to creative melt downs. The internet, magazines and books can be a great resource, but I recommend only going to look when you need to see how to solve a problem in your own work. Or to look at work that is totally different from what you do to get inspired. Or look at art in museums. Looking at artists who are similar will only lead to mediocrity. I am continually striving to express myself and stand out. And sometimes, working in "isolation" is the best way to get there.
* seeing too much art can stifle your own creative voice
* create a business model you can implement and focus on it
* have a system of organization and clean up after yourself
* use supplies on hand (keep track of inventory) and spend less
* unplug from social media and web surfing in the studio
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