An art show can be an awful lot of work, but there's a process I follow to make things as easy as I can I can. Here's a handy behind-the-scenes view into how I go about planning a big project like this, especially if I'm the one who's going to be doing the hanging!Read More
I’m here to tell you what you should already know: Always, ALWAYS, always, ALWAYS back up your files. And have back-ups for the back-ups.⠀
I have this marvelous 8TB hard drive with all my work on it reaching back to 2002. I've backed that sucker up relentlessly. A few months ago, I started noticing some files wouldn't open, and took it to a local computer repair service who could run a diagnostic. They said the drive was okay. I didn't quite trust them, so I took the time to make sure critical things were backed up in the cloud & elsewhere. In spite of my misgivings, I kept using it anyway.⠀
Because hindsight is 20/20, I now know that was a mistake.
There are so many things that we can get creatively stuck on. We can get stuck on feelings of inadequacy, on a lack of resources, on creating the perfect thing, on making sure that something is received a certain way. But all of these things take attention away from the fact that making good work often means that you have to focus on simply making a lot of work, whatever that work may be.Read More
So while keeping things tidy—both in my physical studio and in my schedule—may feel satisfying in one way, I need to leave things a bit messy. Since every artist’s process and working style will be different, an artist should keep their studio at just the right level of tidy AND messy in order to create their best work.Read More
I think many creative people, like visual artists, musicians, authors, etc., can at times suffer from a lack of self-confidence and motivation. One of my biggest hurtles was to take myself and artwork seriously. I realized in graduate school that if I wasn’t invested in my own artwork and didn’t care enough about it, then no one else was going to either. I came to realize that I needed to make my artwork for myself first. And if I thought it was worth doing, then it would have something of value to offer others.Read More