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5 ways to sabotage your career as an artist


Lazy Afternoon by MohaniRose





"Very few possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.
If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass."


Fran Lebowitz






Relax  Wait for an inspiration


The mood is just not right today. Sure, you could pick up a pencil, sit down and push yourself to practice but the result would probably end up in a trash can. Waste of time, waste of material. Besides, the guy that commissioned you two months ago found a professional for the work already.



8-) (Cool)  Expect the success to happen quickly


A year or two, tops, that's all it takes to build a reputation. Being an artist isn't a job like any other, therefore you don't need to work on it every day. No need for a schedule or organization either. Get ready, holding on to this advice will soon work effectively and you will be on a search for a "real" job!



Juggle Constantly change your focus


Jack of all trades, master of none? Nonsense! It is recommended to shift your focus and methods of crafting at least as often as your mood changes. Remember, never stick with any medium long enough to start understanding its principle. The moment you suspect that you might be getting a level up at oil painting, it's time to write a sonnet!



I've got too much work to do. Never finish your work


Finishing your work means at least two things - you would have to publish it and find a topic for your next project. What a load of work! Besides, this one needs to be re-made, re-edited, it's far from perfect! But what if it's not worth the effort to continue? Just put it away and start a new piece...



Jark in a jar.  Isolate yourself from the art community

You are a creator, not a consumer! Writers write, they don't read. Painters don't buy another painter's works, they sell their own! You should definitely keep yourself at home. After all, meeting other artists is too risky, you might catch a flu...or an inspiration. That would make your sabotage plan much harder to complete!





"There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imaginations."

Robert Brault





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amurderofcrowws Mar 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I do ALL those things. D: Time to change that I think.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Mar 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod:
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Gumala Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thats a great piece. 
And the five ways are all so true.

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Sweetdemoness87 Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay, i may not be understanding this fully. But you know i am no famous artist. I am just going to stick to what I am doing and hope it gets me somewhere. I don't plan on becoming the next Picasso, That shit will never happen. I just want people to see my work. To enjoy it and it to light up their worlds. I may never get paid to do what I do...yeah that sucks...but I love it and will continue to do it whether or not I get noticed for it. And yeah sure it would be nice to be appreciated. But that is not up to me. That's up to the person viewing it. 

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jane-beata Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Never say never, but that's a fine approach you got there, caring for what you do. Best of luck :heart:
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Sweetdemoness87 Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Caring about what I do? I create art...you kinda HAVE to care. I am not trying to be mean. I am just saying. If you create art and you don't care about it. Its just a picture. With no meaning behind it, in my opinion, it isn't art. You putting your emotion into it is what makes it inspiring to others. Colors on a page mean nothing until you put thought and then form to them. 

Not saying you aren't this way. I am just saying of coarse I care about what I do. To me I wouldn't be an artist if I didn't. 
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:iconkaleoscope:
Jack of all trades as in subjects or jack of all trades as in media?
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jane-beata Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a figure of speech, I meant I can do a lot of different things besides painting, not in terms of media.
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:iconkaleoscope:
Ah, thank you for clearing that up. It had me mega confused for a moment . xDD As I have heard that dabbling in each media/subject and becoming familiar with them (not necessarily masters) is one of the better things you could do.
Thanks once again. ^^
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Kokobutter Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder how many people have actually followed that advice...
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