Show Your Work

Thanks for stopping by! If you are here because you went to the E-Factory’s “Business of Art” Q&A, welcome.

One of the biggest factors for me gaining confidence as a creative was reading Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work!

showyourwork

This tiny but powerful book is the best cheerleader you can ask for. Austin Kleon is writer who draws…or is he a drawer who writes? And he gives you 10 amazing ways to get past the self-doubt hurdle we all struggle with.

I get teased a lot because I take pictures of EVERYTHING I work on, in all its phases, whether I’m pleased with its direction or not. I do this for so many reasons, but most of all, it is showing that I’m working and doing, and that it’s a process. I don’t know if I could have gotten the courage to do so without reading this book.

A few books that help me stay focused, empowered, and challenged:

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity

Color Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Exercises for Exploring Color Concepts through Paint, Collage, Paper, and More (Lab Series)

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I also mentioned that joining my regional arts council was a great confidence booster. It gave me a safe space to exhibit work, with other artists of all skill and media, and at a very low commitment. Since then, I’ve sold at least three big pieces through them (including one at the Sky Gallery at the airport), and am part of their artist portfolio, in which the Structure Gallery Coordinator works with businesses to outfit their buildings with local and regional artists. Interested? Join here or call me one day at work!

 

 

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