Though it was forced on account of moving soon, my two week break from painting has already loosened up some ideas that were buried. I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that these thoughts are necessary to my personal/professional growth.
We get so caught up in PRODUCING GOOD WORK that our minds go on autopilot, following our inner artist's direction, blocking out all distraction. While this is great for the creative process, it wreaks havoc on the development of new business goals and plans.
Yes, business. Don't kid yourself; if you are an artist of any kind and plan to make some money doing it, you must become an entrepreneur. Having already been down that road a couple of times, I'm lucky. I already know a great deal about how to run a business. I also know a great deal about having a business fail.
Juggling creativity, marketing, shows, mailing lists, teaching, and everything else that constitutes a successful art venture can be daunting. But if you are anything like me, you'll find it exciting and challenging. There are so many resources out there to help with any kind of question you may have. As a matter of fact, if any of you would like to ask me about what it's like to run an art business, I'm all ears and would love to share what I've learned with you.
Just add your question to the comments and I'll get right back to you!