Life in the Day of an Artist, OR when do I have time to make ART?

Life in the Day of an Artist, OR when do I have time to make ART?

This post is inspired by James Judd, writer/comedian/NPR storyteller, who wrote an article for Pyragraph in early spring entitled “My Day as a Working Artist.”  It’s a funny piece, but also poignant because at the end of a very long day, Judd writes:  “Was it artistically fulfilling? No. It didn’t include any work on my script or, heaven forbid, rehearsal.  Nothing in it made me feel like I’m becoming a better artist.” For many artists, days like this are typical:  massive numbers of hours working on the business of getting their creative work out there (Judd’s day began at 8:30am

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Resource ThuRsday ArtSpark/Aspiration Workshop @Working Classroom

Here are the proceedings/materials from the ArtSpark/Aspiration workshop for artists, artisans and arts organizations hosted by Working Classroom in ABQ on July 27th, 2013. All sorts of goodies organized on storify.com including Jessica’s presentation, tips and infographics on crowdfunding for the arts, twitter feed and other Resource ThuRsday content. Enjoy!!

Resource ThuRsday: Promoting your art as a business

Happy Thursday! Today we are going to discuss how to create an attractive LinkedIn profile. Providing a link on your Google+ page to your LinkedIn profile is essential since LinkedIn will describe in detail who you are and what you do to those already following you on Google+. LinkedIn is a great platform to promote your art business – whether it is books, photography, paintings, acting, etc… Essentially, besides being an online resume, LinkedIn is an ideal way to socialize with other professionals in your field as well. Featured to the left is a fun infographic from Enfuzed. The following

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What DOESN'T make a successful ArtSpark campaign (part 2)…

Today’s post examines and tosses around ideas for what didn’t work for Michelle Otero’s ArtSpark campaign while she was writing her memoir, Vessels. In ArtSpark’s quest to discover how the internet and social media + face-to-face connections lead to sustainable artistic creative success, we made mistakes and overlooked the obvious. Here’s what Michelle offered to ArtSpark which, in turn, is offered to you in the spirit of learning along the way: 1. Technology: ongoing snafus with her WordPress blog and not having the time and expertise to fix it. Also, Michelle didn’t have the time to get up to speed

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What DOESN’T make a successful ArtSpark campaign (part 2)…

Today’s post examines and tosses around ideas for what didn’t work for Michelle Otero’s ArtSpark campaign while she was writing her memoir, Vessels. In ArtSpark’s quest to discover how the internet and social media + face-to-face connections lead to sustainable artistic creative success, we made mistakes and overlooked the obvious. Here’s what Michelle offered to ArtSpark which, in turn, is offered to you in the spirit of learning along the way: 1. Technology: ongoing snafus with her WordPress blog and not having the time and expertise to fix it. Also, Michelle didn’t have the time to get up to speed

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Art For Free?

How often do artists create and give away their art for free? I witness it quite a bit (and have done it many times myself, I confess…). Like donating a painting to an art auction (often to help raise funds for a worthy cause), performing a gig as part of a festival (even if admission is charged), or waiving a commission fee when your art is beloved by someone beloved by you. But does this common practice perpetuate the general attitude that art isn’t worth much, and that artists, too, aren’t worth much? While the idea of the gift economy

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