I thought I'd have a go at translating them into rules for a busy artist.
Why don't you take a look and then see if you can come up with your version. If you do please
- either leave them as a comment
- or write about them on your blog and link back to this one so I know you've done your own version.
So here's my....
Ten Golden Rules for Every Busy Artist
Drawn in three minutes
after two years
of life drawing classes
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- There's no such thing as the perfect drawing, painting, colour mix etc. - but practice helps me create art more effectively
- I am allowed to create a new way of making art - even if you and the gallery like what I used to do better
- Creating a tiff image as soon as I complete an artwork means I won't get upset when it sells and I realise I don't have a proper image of it
- I will always get through the admin and marketing faster and more effectively if I allocate a set time
- Time spent cleaning the studio is not downtime, it's thinking about the next piece time
- I don't have to say "Yes" to every offer or opportunity to exhibit or teach or demonstrate or give a talk
- I will stress less later if I file that paid invoice/expense receipt now
- Every now and again I should look up and say 'Hello' to friends and family and be thankful for my supporters
- I should always remember that galleristas and art critics can't do what I can!
These are very loosely based on
Ten Golden Rules for Every Busy Woman
- I am not on call to all people all of the time.
- I have needs of my own, which may not be the same as those of my family, my colleagues or my friends.
- I don’t have to say ‘yes’ to every request that is made of me.
- I don’t have to carry on doing something just because I’ve always done it.
- Time spent relaxing is time well spent.
- There’s no such thing as the perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect child.
- Time spent feeling guilty could be spent doing more enjoyable things.
- I shouldn’t always do it for them if they are capable of doing it themselves.
- I should give myself the same care and consideration that I give to others.
- I should remember, at all times, especially in the face of criticism, difficulties and anxiety, that I am doing the best I can!