Here are some great resources to get you motivated to make and sell your art, to get over your hang-ups, and to inspire you.
“The Artist’ Way: A Spiritual Path to Recovery,” by Julia Cameron — a course in discovering and recovering your creative self. This is a MUST for any artist who struggles to hear their own voice, deals with doubts and insecurities, and needs to get past themselves to get to a more creative career. An excerpt from page 7:
- Stop telling yourself, “It’s too late.”
- Stop waiting until you make enough money to do something you’d really love.
- Stop telling yourself, “It’s just my ego” whenever you yearn for a more creative life.
- Stop telling yourself that dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.
- Stop fearing that your family and friends would think you’re crazy.
- Stop telling yourself that creativity is a luxury and that you should be grateful for what you’ve got.
“Starving” to Successful: The Fine Artist’s Guide to Getting into Galleries and Selling More Art” by J. Jason Horejs
This little book is about $20, but is priceless for helping you get your work on track, get your portfolio together and get your work in front of art dealers. Very practical and easy to read.
Available at http://www.xanadugallery.com/ArtistSvcs/index.asp.
“The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week” by Summer Pierre.
This is a really fun book, full of ideas to keep you going thru the week, especially if you’re working a 9-5 to support your art habit. It’s not an excuse to avoid work, but it may make your workweek a little more palatable. It’s got some fun ideas for everyone.
Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Click the images to access more info.