Understand that art processes are always there for you, no matter the distance you feel towards them

Total Views: 212This handbook has one key takeaway that sums up all chapters into one piece of advice. It applies independently of your life situation, your business challenges and the various frustrations that accompany an artist’s life. Here goes: Understand that art processes are always there for you, no matter the distance you feel towards … Continue reading “Understand that art processes are always there for you, no matter the distance you feel towards them”

I only started getting into art way late. So much time has been lost. Is my career doomed before it began?

Total Views: 2421With life being subject to time, and time passing in one direction only, life can feel like a one-way street. While this is true for time itself, it’s not true for our range of actions: yes, we are a weird accumulation of our past experiences; but no, we definitely don’t have to stick … Continue reading “I only started getting into art way late. So much time has been lost. Is my career doomed before it began?”

I want to understand “quality”. What is it, and why is it relevant to artists?

Total Views: 2864The one thing that unites all artists is their pursuit of establishing and implementing a personal work practice. For this, they need to understand their own quality criteria. Yet what does quality mean, and how does it relate to one’s work? Quality in Everyday Life When people discuss the quality of an everyday … Continue reading “I want to understand “quality”. What is it, and why is it relevant to artists?”

My work feels alien, raw and unstable. It makes me feel uneasy and worried. Should I still pursue it?

Total Views: 1337People love comfort zones. They offer low levels of stress and anxiety, and represent temporary safe havens. While being in constant comfort might sound perfect, it also includes the risks of boredom and stagnation; in the right amounts, anxiety can actually improve one’s performance. Since art strives towards the unknown and unestablished, artists … Continue reading “My work feels alien, raw and unstable. It makes me feel uneasy and worried. Should I still pursue it?”

Contemporary art is complex and scary. How can others help me find my way?

Total Views: 993Since contemporary art is a platform for almost any personal expression, there cannot easily be general guidelines or expectations on what an artist should do: your art can be whatever you want it to be – which is both potential and burden, especially to beginners. What to do, and how, and why? Everyone … Continue reading “Contemporary art is complex and scary. How can others help me find my way?”

How do I start?

Total Views: 1619Starting something can be both frightening and magical: beginnings require us to transcend our fear of failure. They are where our hopes of potential successes meet the realities of our abilities and willpower. They are complex things, and can let people stall: to end before ever having begun. Yes, you might not know … Continue reading “How do I start?”