©Helen Klebesadel, The Watchers. Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. Used with permission.

Building an Art Business Is a Choice, Not a Sacrifice


Steven Sweeney reported he could not get the opinions to work (hope that hasn’t transpired to anybody else). He desired to insert this:

I decided very last February, on the afternoon of a day in the place of work cubicle that commenced as any other, to decide on an unsure regret above a specific one particular. The latter would be to desire, late in everyday living, that I’d taken gain of both my eager fascination in and intensive teaching in drawing and painting. The previous “regret” involves strolling absent from the bi-weekly paycheck, the health and fitness and retirement rewards, the relative certainty of being aware of what I would be “doing” every single day for function. I moved all my dwelling space home furniture to the japanese 1/3 of the area and converted the other 2/3 to a painting studio–daylight lighting procedure, blackout drapes, easels, a year’s offer of paints, medium, canvas, boards, brushes and frames. I had presented my company employer 6 months’ observe, so that I could adequately practice my substitute. In the 10 months now due to the fact “retirement,” I’ve expended 80% of my days dealing with other folks’ problems (serious, not trifling), but the term is getting out that there are periods when I won’t choose up the mobile phone or reply to your e mail, mainly because I’m in my studio. It is not a fun very little pastime, it’s my new vocation, my task, my function. I will possible miff kinfolk and shed get in touch with with some buddies in excess of this. So be it. Previous night I developed and printed new business enterprise playing cards.

I’ve joined a team of like-minded folks (Out of doors Painters of Minnesota) and will join several of them in the vicinity of the Canadian-Minnesota border in late January to paint plein air wintertime scenes for a week. (About this, a gallery operator, a plein air painter himself, remarked just yesterday, “You’re crazy.”) But most importantly, I know that I will need to expend a calendar year constructing up an stock of high-excellent work, to evidence my abilities as well as my intentions. I see innumerable paintings each and every working day that are “better” than what I at present produce, and however they keep on being unsold. This does not deter me. I’ve offered paintings in the past, and will do it once again. I have to function smarter than I did right before. Prints and observe cards I’ve generated from my paintings continue to be quite preferred, but I require to supply cost-effective sellers of the components. Yes, I’m emotion a economical pinch by now, which just means I have to transfer on modifying my priorities. In quick, I cannot do it all at at the time, but I can do one thing each and every working day, and “something each day” is the variation among do or do not. Last of all, DVDs, guides, workshops and classes deliver information and facts and inspiration, but until I’m pushing paint close to on canvas or board with my possess fingers working with my individual supplies and skills, I’m no artist. No matter if I regret the modifications I’ve produced in the past 9 months is largely up to me. I can have the angle about it that I opt for. So much, so superior.
– Steven Sweeney