Being an Artist

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Is living the artist's life a dream for you? Have you asked yourself what it would take for you to be a full-time artist? This book answers that question for you by sharing the career stories of twenty well-known artists who are making a living from doing what they love best - painting. These artists offer their personal stories - each one different, yet the same in many ways. They illustrate that it matters little what style of art you do, or what medium you choose to use, but instead that you continually ask ...
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Overview

Is living the artist's life a dream for you? Have you asked yourself what it would take for you to be a full-time artist? This book answers that question for you by sharing the career stories of twenty well-known artists who are making a living from doing what they love best - painting. These artists offer their personal stories - each one different, yet the same in many ways. They illustrate that it matters little what style of art you do, or what medium you choose to use, but instead that you continually ask yourself, "What's really important to me?...What exactly do I want to say?... What do I need to say through my art?" And then let the answers to those questions lead you where they may. These uniquely personal journeys will not only inspire you, they'll give you usable information about making art a practical, viable career. These artists share the questions they have asked themselves, the problems they've faced and overcome, and the experiences that have put them in the process of continually becoming the most fulfilled artists they can be - all to help you do the same with your artistic career.
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Personal statements and interviews with 21 painters who make their living as artists reveal how they do it--artistically and financially, their motivations, and their suggestions to aspiring artists. Includes photos of the artists and samples (in color) of their work. Nicely produced. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891344292
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents

Introduction
It's Not the Arrival, It's the Journey 2
The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get 10
Don't Give Up 16
Know Your Strengths 22
Make an Investment in Yourself 28
Learn to Accept Yourself 34
Your Work Has to Have Heart 42
Draw, Draw, Draw 48
It Has to Be an Inner Drive 56
Everybody Needs Publicity 62
When Ability and Opportunity Coincide 68
You Can Make a Difference 74
Paint 'Em, Pack 'Em and Peddle 'Em 82
Never Give Up on Yourself 88
Treat Art As a Business, Not a Hobby 94
Sell Your Work As Early As You Can 102
Don't Worry About Making Mistakes 108
Know Your Subject and Paint Truth 116
Always Have Your Stuff Out There 122
Be Good, not Different 128
Index 136
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