New Years Resolutions for the Artist

flower1. I will take advantage of feedback from others, but above all I will trust my own judgement.

2. I will set aside time each day to make art or think about art. The amount of time is not important.

3. I will set concrete goals for myself, and then take the steps to reach them, even though it will be difficult and scary.

4. I will write down a list of things I have avoided doing (example: showing artwork in public, calling a gallery to see if they are accepting submissions.) I will do these things.

5. I will not be self-deprecating when speaking about my art. While I can recognize a need for improvement, I will also honor the labor and vision of my art.

Image: Igor Novosel

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The Best of The Practical Art World

I’m very happy to share that this November, The Practical Art World surpassed 200,000 visits! Over the past year and a half, we have enjoyed your generous feedback, emails, comments, and questions. We love hearing that the articles posted here on the site have helped you as professional artists, so THANK YOU!

In honour of the first 200,000 visitors to The Practical Art World, we’ve compiled a list: Continue reading

5 Places to Find Free Art Education & Inspiration

1. Art Supply Manufacturers 

Many artist-grade product manufacturers offer loads of free information about how to use their products. Much of this information can be applied to your studio practice in general, even if you don’t end up purchasing their product. The highest quality artist materials manufacturers tend to have the most in-depth and thorough material; their commitment to artists is obvious.

Winsor & Newton
Winsor & Newton makes a large assortment of artist-quality paints and painting accessories. Visit their Resource Centre for instructional videos, Continue reading

10 Weeks to Improve Your Artistic Career – Week 10

Week 10: Connect with your community.

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: Continue reading

10 Weeks to Improve your Artistic Career – Week 9

Week 9: Exhibit your work

Exhibiting your artwork has endless benefits for your artistic career. You could say it is the most important things in building a solid practice! When you exhibit your artwork:

  • it is viewed by peers, clients, potential clients, fans of art, writers, curators, friends, etc
  • usually an exhibition involves working with other artists, and / or galleries, curators, or professionals in the artistic field and can give you excellent experience
  • you learn from your mistakes
  • you engage in dialogue about your work
  • it adds credibility to your CV. With exhibitions on your CV, you stand a better chance for receiving grants, scholarships, exhibition opportunities, residencies, and more.

Strangely enough, exhibiting their own artwork is one thing that a large number of artists do not do. There are many excuses why not to pursue exhibition opportunities for yourself, such as: Continue reading

10 Weeks to Improve your Artistic Career – Week 4

Week 4: Take Advantage of Resources

The amount of free resources available to working artists today is quite staggering. The essentials of what you need to become a professional artist in both the artistic and practical realms are available for free– you just need to take the time to find them! I’ve compiled a list of many different sources in the hopes that this will assist you in your development as an artist.

Artists’ Legal Outreach Website

The Artists’ Legal Outreach is an amazing organization made up of volunteer lawyers and law students who provide legal support for artists working in Canada. They offer Continue reading

10 Ways to Improve your Artistic Career – Week 3

Week 3: create a structured project

One of the best ways to get yourself thinking and working creatively is to do it regularly and frequently, and soon it becomes second-nature.

It can often be difficult to set aside time for creative endeavours, or to become motivated to work on things. A fantastic and simple way to overcome these deterrents is to create structured, time-based creative project for yourself.

In setting up a structured project, you have many different options. The key is to create a project where you’ve already set up specific parameters for what you are going to work on, and also one that it requires you to work regularly. Some examples of a time-based, structured creative project are: Continue reading