@tclucy Thanks for saying that, but nope, it’s nowhere else. I quit completely… If I had someone who would take care of the business side while I could be left alone to do the creative part, I’d possibly jump back in.
It’s amazing how many successful artists have a setup like that. There was a Canadian illustrator I talked to who’s wife is in the PR business, and she runs his website etc. Maria Brophy was over on Savvy Painter the other week talking about how her husband paints while she does all his business. I think the guy who was interviewed the week (or two) before had the same setup with his spouse.
I know that back in the day the gallery took on that role. But now you’re expected to be less an artist and more an entrepeneur, a la Shark Tank, which is ridiculous, isn’t it? Because it makes more sense to play to your strengths than waste time and energy trying to shore up your weaknesses. This is why designated hitters exist.
And that’s why the first thing an actor or a writer finds is an agent, who will find them work. They book you auditions, they shop your manuscript around to publishers… But if you’re a painter, you got nobody these days. Unless you married them.
I guess I’d better start saving for a ring.
Because I don’t have it in me to be a sales rep, a customer service rep, a website designer, and blogger all rolled into one.
And if someone enjoys sharing their works in progress etc, that’s cool. But for me, the whole experience, the whole process has always been a very private one, and every time I think of social media and blogging and Instagramming I feel un-nerved. I don’t like that feeling.
The whole painting experience, beyond the actual painting, has left a real bad taste in my mouth and the giant sense of relief I feel knowing it’s over is really, really good.