Art Practice and Life


I have been reading a lot of books and articles on the business side of art and how to establish an art practice these last few weeks. I have learned a bit about both and most often they make comments about having a consistent time to work on your art in order to produce a cohesive body of work. Sounds good doesn’t it? I always thought when you reach a certain mature point in your life it would be easier to do that. I couldn’t have been more wrong. For some it might work that way but for me it has been much more difficult to carve out time of my own.

Much of it is my doing I know. I tend to need a space without any outside distractions or noise. I need to quiet my mind and know I won’t be disturbed at least for a few hours at a time. I also need to get more organized in how I use my time (not a strong point for me either).

My biggest issue right now though is trying to make time to learn more about technology and social media. I often begin and it is like my mind goes numb and can’t absorb the information. Oh yes, there is also the photographing of my work, trying to develope a website and applying to different venues for exhibits. The cost of hiring someone for all these tasks is very expensive and my resources are very limited now living on a fixed income.

I just want to paint. I am an artist and I can learn anything I want to in that category since I have studied art and made it all my life. It is who I am. I can learn the tech stuff eventually but it is like subjecting myself to a form of slow torture,(not to mention it makes me feel so dumb).

Anyone else have a similar experience? Any tips or resources that might help?

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