The most important things for survival as an emerging artist, in order of importance, are:
1. Make drop dead stunning art. Make art that just stops people in their tracks. The competition is T O U G H. To survive your work has to be the best of the best of the best. The definition for a good work of art is: “Technical expertise itself adequate to produce an emotional impact.” So make sure you have exceptional technique, but that you do not concentrate so much on technique that you do not get your communication out. It’s the technique that gets people looking and interested and it’s the message that makes a work of art have the true power of art.
2. Be ethical. Being ethical means doing things which aid you, and the people and the world around you, to survive. Ethics is a personal thing. When a person does things which they themselves, deep down, know are not helpful to their own and others survival, they then cut back their own success. You are basically good and you only allow yourself success if you feel you deserve it. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to be ethical.
3. Do not have suppressive people around you. Do not accept ANY invalidative criticism (that’s criticism where the critic says something is not good – even if they say it in a hidden way – like “Don’t worry dear, not everyone’s got talent” – yuck!). Artists are creative by definition. There are people out there who are currently destructive. They like to pick on artists as targets to pretend to be friendly to, but actually to pick at, upset and destroy. Suppressive people are defined here: www.scientologyhandbook.org/SH11.HTM
There are two types of criticism: Constructive Criticism – where the person suggests a better way to do something & Invalidative Criticism – where the person just says something is not good. Be aware in any criticism that there are such things as personal taste, contemporary standards and even envy or jealousy. Criticism is the biggest reason an artist stops making art. Surround yourself with supportive people with social personalities.
4. PROMOTE. If you have No.1, 2 & 3 done then this step will be EASY. Promoting exceptional art by ethical artists who do not have suppressive people around is a dream. If you are having a hard time with promotion have a look over 1,2 & 3 and work on them a little, then promote again. But, there is a law in the universe and it is: Outflow = Inflow – the more you communicate to the world about your art, the more attention and money you will get back. In the arts the Press is God – so make sure you are always communicating to the art, luxury lifestyle and mass press. But also make sure you are always communicating to art buyers or galleries and your past buyers. Ideally you will have a gallery do that for you, but the point is that you have to promote if you want to survive and the key is – number of people reached and number of times reached.
1. Read the Instructions
The instructions on the can are valuable. Take the minute to read them. They’ll tell you how far to hold the spray can from the object, how long to shake the can before spraying, the proper temperature at application, how long the paint or coating needs to cure, and more.
2. Sweep, Don’t Point
A spray can isn’t a camera. Don’t point and shoot. To get an even coat of paint, sweep the can horizontally and vertically past the object as you spray. For example, if you’re moving left to right, you begin spraying to the left of the object, onto the object, and then to the right of the object.
3. Use a Large Dropcloth
Don’t waste time taping together newspapers that might fall apart as you paint. Instead, use a large plastic or cloth dropcloth that provides plenty of backdrop for you to move the spray can past the object.
4. Set Up High
Set up the item you plan to paint on sawhorses, a workbench, or other platform. Don’t set up on the floor. For one thing, you’ll be hunched over. For another, it doesn’t provide easy and consistent access for you to move the spray can past the painted object.
5. Use a Handle
You’ll get far better results using an aftermarket spray can handle than you will holding the can in your bare hand. Our preferred handle is the CanGun 1.
We are always striving to become better artists. Keep in mind, we are the real work in progress, Condensing this big subject into a top 10 list was no easy task! In a nutshell, I am sharing ways to improve your art that have taken me a lifetime to compile, learn and execute…and I am still learning and growing.
1. Create an Inspirational Work Environment
This may seem obvious, but we are a product of our environment. Therefore, if your environment is dark, cluttered, dusty, cramped or messy, how can you create and improve your art? You cannot perform and create at your best when you are uncomfortable and ill at-ease.
Clean, organize and unclutter your creative environment at the end of each workday so you are ready to focus on your art. Wash your paintbrushes; organize loose papers, books and other materials. This goes a long way toward improving your creativity, efficiency and art.
Use good lighting. The type of lighting and its intensity, color and direction all affect an artist’s visual performance. What you want is a lamp that gives “natural light” and imitates natural north light.
2. Have a Concept in Mind Before You Begin
All expressions of art begin with a concept. A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished. In order to improve your art, it is best to have a concept etched in your mind or in a sketchbook before you begin. An artist without a concept is like a traveler without a roadmap.