Saturday, April 28, 2007

10 Free Life Lessons on being a Professional Artist

My great friend Maggie Stiefvater has written yet another butt-kicking piece for all those people making excuses for why they're not more successful as professional artists.

Maggie is very successful - but then she does work very hard at it. Her most recent blog post contains 10 free life lessons for professional artists culled from her own experiences. You get the headlines below but you have to go here to get her explanation.
  1. Paint or draw every day
  2. Sketch everything everywhere
  3. Keep a huge inventory of all sizes
  4. Get yourself out there and I don't mean group shows
  5. Forget the idea that an artist paints what moves him/ her and paints when he/she is moved
  6. Professional artists look professional
  7. Get yourself a website
  8. Don't give up during the slow months
  9. Specialize
  10. Be Nice
"Cat with a Pearl Earring"
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil on Bristol paper.
Copyright 2007 Maggie Stiefvater.
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Links:

Maggie Stiefvater:
"Portraits with Character" - her online portfolio
"Greywaren Art" - her daily painting blog
Her e-bay store