Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How Artists Make Time to Make Art

This is such a question on my mind this time of year.  August is fast approaching and my work is in three shows in August.  Many of you trying to get into even one show will be thinking that this is a good problem to have.  It isn't that I'm complaining.  Not in the slightest. 

I love this time of year.  I will be meeting past collectors and future collectors at two of the shows and the other show I simply cannot make it to.

This weekend you can find me and Mark in Colorado Springs at A Celebration of Horses Through Art and Music - an all equine art event and fund raiser with filmmaker Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation.  I hope you will come by and see the show and watch Ginger's presentation about our country's wild horses.  We would love to see you there!

The very next weekend is the acclaimed Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado.  What a show it is and I am looking forward to seeing past collectors at the Friday Patron's Party and am very excited to meet future collectors of my work during this this weekend long fabulous event!  I will be talking more about that in a post next week and about the American Women Artist's show that I will be unable to attend.

Which brings me back to the title of this post.  How Artists make time to make Art.  Some artist are diligent about making time to make art every day, (I have never met one, but I hear tell they exist) as is suggested by Alan Bamberger on his site Artbusiness.com.  But Alan - though very involved in the business art world - does not say he is a practicing artist in his bio on his site (although, he could be one...).  On artist's Dan Johnson's site Right Brain Rockstar there is an excellent guest post from artist Michele Theberge who also has a great site called The Mindful Artist.  This post suggests using mindfulness to cope with distractions. 

This time of year I need mindfulness to cope with not losing track of what my own name is.  I would love your stories of the strategies you use to keep your busy self in the studio.  Help me out here.

I'm going to try again tomorrow.

talk with you all then!