I have two cords of oak fire wood stacked outside the Carriage House studio now. This should be enough fuel to keep the stove stoked and the studio cozy for a winter of making new paintings and revamping my art career routines. Bring on the cold and the snow!
I have begun to read two different books that deal with building your art career. One is titled, Taking the Leap, Building a Career as a Visual Artist by Cay Lang and the other is I'd Rather be in the Studio by Alyson Stanfield. They are both packed with a lot of very useful advice that is helpful to me right now as I have set aside these next three months as a time to reevaluate my career and work at revising my goals.
I have been working as a painter now going on 30 years and I still feel like there is so much to learn in the business side of things. There is of course, the making of things in the studio which comes first, but there is also the aspect of sharing your work with the world, finding your audience. To be successful you have to find a way to do both -- or it just doesn't work. It seems like it is that business side of things that I tend to neglect and it takes a intentional effort do get the engine firing on all cylinders. If you are reading this and have found resources you would like to share, that would be great. I know a lot of things are changing quickly with the impact of the internet. Keeping current with developing technology is a constant challenge.