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You get to Paint All the time, right?

It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about artists. Unfortunately, unless you have some type of career manager or assistant, artists do NOT get to paint/create all the time. Unless of course, you aren’t concerned with actually selling your work. Being a full time artist, this is a pretty important part of the career.

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

This has been one of those weeks. I always struggle during these weeks to know what to blog about. There is no time lapse video of a painting in progress or progress photos to share.

This week I’m working. Business stuff, ie paying bills, making painting labels and hanging art for a show, sending lists of pieces for consignment forms, twisting wire on hanging hooks so my records will hang right, creating and sending out promotional emails and facebook events and posts.

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Hanging my show at the Sierra Club office

Editing some older writing for the “Paula Beck Prints” art book I’m working on. I didn’t realize how negative my outlook was until I reread my blog posts from 12 years ago! Time to change the story up a bit so I am accepting my responsibility for my life. I was such a victim in the past! No more.

I will admit, we took our dogs for an afternoon hike yesterday. We have been promising them a hike for at least a month! It was a beautiful, cool day in the San Pedro Wilderness, west of the Jemez. We did happen to stop by a tree with a bee hive in it, and I got stung 3 times! Boy do those stings itch today!

In other news, Monday I meet with the clients for my next mural commission! I’m so excited to get started on another mural! Updates coming soon!

 

21 Mindless But Productive Tasks for When Genius Takes a Hike

This is a great blog post from Alyson Stanfield, The Art Biz Coach. I’ve been following her blog and receiving her newsletter for over a decade. She is also the author of the book, “I’d Rather be in the Studio”, an excellent source book for artist’s self promotion efforts. If you are an artist, I highly recommend you buy her book and follow her. 🙂

When I’m in the place of waiting for my genius to show up, I take time to clean my studio, prepare canvas for painting, write in my journal and other things that don’t take much thinking. Sometimes the muse needs prompting. Letting go and maybe just taking yourself on an Artist Date to ease the stress can work too.

Here’s what Alyson had to say about it;

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could call up your genius whenever you needed it? Hey, genius! Help me out with writing this article, please. What would be even more amazing is if Genius would…

Source: 21 Mindless But Productive Tasks for When Genius Takes a Hike