Q: All artists go through periods when they wonder what it’s all for. What do you do during times like that?

Barbara's studio

Barbara’s studio

A:  Fortunately, that doesn’t happen very often.  I love and enjoy all the varied facets involved in being an artist, even (usually) the business aspects, which are just another puzzle to be solved.  I have vivid memories of being stuck in a job that I hated, one I couldn’t immediately leave because I was an officer in the US Navy.  Life is so much better as a visual artist!

I appreciate the freedom that comes with being a self-employed artist.  The words of Louise Bourgeois often come to mind:  “It is a PRIVILEGE to be an artist.” 

Still, with very valid reasons, no one ever said that an artist’s life is easy.  It is difficult at every phase.  

Books offer sustenance, especially ones written by artists who have endured all sorts of terrible hardships beyond anything artists today are likely to experience.  I just pick up a favorite book.  My Wednesday blog posts, “Pearls from artists,” give some idea of the sorts of inspiration I find.  I read the wise words of a fellow artist, then I get back to work.  As I quickly become intrigued with the problems at hand in a painting, all doubt usually dissolves. 

I  try to remember:  Artists are extremely fortunate to be doing what we love and what we are meant to do with our short time on earth.  What more could a person ask?  

Comments are welcome!      

About barbararachkoscoloreddust

Barbara’s thoughts on art, the creative process, soft pastel, the inspiration she finds in travel, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and other wisdom for artists as we travel our solitary and sometimes lonely roads.

Posted on March 14, 2015, in 2015, An Artist's Life, Art in general, Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Creative Process, Inspiration, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Photography, Quotes, Studio, Working methods and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It is very hard when the buyers are reluctant to buy. But it gets easier, when you teach yourselves how to develop your wishes for ie staging a SALES BREAKTHROUGH, hosting studio sales where you sell for only one or two days at bottom $ prices. Or, divise a plan to share on Kickstarter, where a set goal is presented with a desired budget and outcome-wish for your proposal. I’ve been at this since 1966, when I made a fundamental commitment to my artistic career. However, it wasn’t immediately clear how to sell what I produced. That’s being realized now, in real time, 50+ years later. Only because I recently got some advice on how to stop living like a fatalist, and now recognize myself for the success that I am. And you reading this can help me realize my dream by buying my challenging abstract art. At reasonable prices too: All the best to you, too. Don’t ever give up & believe in yourself more and more and visualize the beauty & relief of your own sparkling success. It will come true for you the more you can clearly see that success & money-earning unfold….

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