One of the greatest assets we have as working artists is each other. Sharing experiences, asking questions, and learning from what we see and enjoy are all ways to greatly improve artistic practices and careers.
I hope that the 10 week project has sparked some ideas for you, or motivated you to do something that you love. While I was planning these 10 posts, I wondered, which would be most useful? Which made the most sense?
In the spirit of this week’s project, I reached out on Twitter and asked, “What is the single most important thing that has improved your artistic career?” The replies I received were inspiring and insightful, and I’m happy to say a lot of us agree on the best ways to improve as an artist. Many thanks to those who took the time to tweet a reply. A simple example of “ask and you will receive.”
Here is some wonderful advice from your peers:
@CanningMichael choosing to improve. And making plans and sticking to them.
Michael is an artist working out of Ireland who has shown in numerous venues all over Europe. Check out his work here.
@cherryrae for me definitely working with other like-minded artists regularly. I would never be where I am without that.
Cherry Rae is a prolific artist in multiple disciplines. You can check out her Facebook fanpage here.
@bluefuze drive to constantly learn & improve in one’s own. To take charge of your own path. These have been invaluable to me.
Doug is a professional designer, illustrator and artist running his own successful business out of Stony Plain, Alberta. You can check out his work here.
@Enlifestudio having my professor challenge me to do something different, I would never be doing what I do now without that push.
Alex Stewart is a BC painter drawing inspiration from anthropological aspects of graffiti and the world around him. You can check out his work here.
@memorycollector getting my BFA
@VTurnerArt Learning 2 talk about & share my work
Vanessa Turner is a Bermuda-based artist adept at charcoal and pastel pieces. You can check out her work here.
@sonnyassu never being afraid to experiment, switch it up and not do what is expected.
Sonny Assu is a well-known Canadian contemporary artist. His work has been shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and numerous other venues. You can check out his work here.
Erin Gray is an artist, registar, and curator based out of North Carolina. You can check out her Twitter feed here.
@DEpleinair I won a scholarship for my senior yr in undergrad school. Having someone believe in my work made a big difference.
Jan Crooker is a well-known painter who has had multiple exhibitions all over the USA. You can view her work here.
Erik is an art educator as well as a highly successful artist. He has exhibited across the USA and internationally. You can check out his work here.
Week 10 project: Connect with your community, reach out, engage, explore, interact, and create!
Week 9: Exhibit Your Work
Week 7: Seek out and Learn from Critical Feedback
Week 6: Get your Paperwork in Order
Week 5: Fine-tune an Artistic Target
Week 4: Take Advantage of your Resources
Week 3: Create a Structured Project
Week 2: View Art in Person
Week 1: Contact Artists you Admire