©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 couldn’t get the reviews to work (hope that hasn’t transpired to anybody else). He desired to insert this:

I made a decision past February, on the afternoon of a day in the business office cubicle that started as any other, to choose an unsure regret more than a sure just one. The latter would be to would like, late in daily life, that I’d taken advantage of both equally my keen fascination in and intensive schooling in drawing and painting. The former “regret” contains strolling away from the bi-weekly paycheck, the overall health and retirement advantages, the relative certainty of being aware of what I would be “doing” each and every day for perform. I moved all my residing space household furniture to the japanese 1/3 of the place and transformed the other 2/3 to a painting studio–daylight lighting program, blackout drapes, easels, a year’s offer of paints, medium, canvas, boards, brushes and frames. I experienced specified my company employer six months’ see, so that I could correctly educate my alternative. In the 10 months now considering that “retirement,” I have put in 80% of my times dealing with other folks’ problems (serious, not trifling), but the phrase is acquiring out that there are situations when I won’t decide up the phone or reply to your electronic mail, for the reason that I’m in my studio. It is not a entertaining minimal pastime, it’s my new vocation, my career, my get the job done. I will possible miff family members and get rid of get in touch with with some close friends more than this. So be it. Final evening I designed and printed new enterprise cards.

I have joined a group of like-minded individuals (Out of doors Painters of Minnesota) and will join lots of of them around the Canadian-Minnesota border in late January to paint plein air winter 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 have to have to devote a year building up an inventory of large-high quality function, to proof my skills as perfectly as my intentions. I see plenty of paintings each individual day that are “better” than what I at the moment produce, and however they remain unsold. This doesn’t discourage me. I have offered paintings in the previous, and will do it all over again. I have to operate smarter than I did right before. Prints and notice playing cards I have made from my paintings stay extremely preferred, but I require to supply economical distributors of the materials. Certainly, I’m emotion a financial pinch previously, which just means I have to shift on modifying my priorities. In quick, I just cannot do it all at once, but I can do some thing each and every working day, and “something each and every day” is the difference amongst do or do not. Last of all, DVDs, textbooks, workshops and courses deliver facts and inspiration, but right up until I’m pushing paint all-around on canvas or board with my have fingers applying my personal components and abilities, I’m no artist. Irrespective of whether I regret the modifications I have built in the earlier 9 months is mainly up to me. I can have the perspective about it that I choose. So far, so superior.
– Steven Sweeney