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I recently graduated with a fine art degree during a time when the economy is struggling. And art is usually seen as unpractical and more so when money is tight. I have seen many of my former classmates hit with the same reality which has forced them to doubt their choices and some have been forced to take jobs short of flipping burgers. With all that said I believe that it is possible to be an artist in this day in age without having to fall into the stereotype of a starving artist. If anyone has advise, tricks, or word of wisdom, I would really appreciate them.
01-05-2011, 12:08 PM
keep doing your art--number one!!
but look at your other strengths--are you a good sales person, great with kids to be nanny/manny?--- one of my elder friends, in his 80's now, said his real passion -his calling-was musice- but his immigrant Bulgarian father said to get a day job to make good money so that in your nights and weeekends you can do your PASSIONATE work--so he was a very successful orthodontist in orange county, Calif, by day and composed and directed symphonies and choirs by night--played his beloved instruments and taught scores of generations his talents by night and weekends--he was a millionaire in teh bank with a great family,a mansion, but a successful million-talented man by night and was always happy.
Craigslist and hotjobs has part time jobs if you need more time to your art. You will be fine. Alway attend every art event you see in your field to keep your creative juices flowing, and internet--keep the sparks flying.
01-07-2011, 09:40 AM
What great advice Queen Bee!
Dear Young artists,
You are giving each other great advice !!! I majored in Studio Art and my father told me I would be an educated idiot but I ended up teaching Art to high school students almost immediately after I finished my B.S. I was really only lucky to have a friend at a small girls catholic school who gave me my start in teaching.
So, spread the word to everyone you know, friends and family alike. Let them know you are available and willing to do most anything creative to get started. That is how I found a posting on Craig's List for my internship with Art Fortune !!
I think the advice about considering what else you are good at is perfect. I am good at writing, especially writing about art and art history. I taught with the wife of the publisher of the Philadelphia Bulletin paper and she asked me if I might write a weekly article for the Arts & Culture section. I have been doing just that since 2008 and I really enjoy each article that I am assigned.
Keep up the search,
Advise is to join any local art groups. That will give you access to or at least knowledge of any life-drawing sessions in your area and will introduce you to other artists.
There are so many ways to learn like books and classes.
04-04-2011, 03:30 PM
I did some research online the other day on that same topic...the art market in a depressed economy. The article that came up was one that addressed how marketing art online is what is bringing the artist and the art collector together in spite of this current economic trend. ArtFortune's online galleries put you in touch not only locally...throughout the world. Apparently, online marketing has increased the amount of art collectors in spite of a recessed economy. I am an artist and I find that fact propelling. Another article spoke of how an artist's inspiration and faith in self is what pulls people through difficult times. Just keep the faith!
07-06-2011, 12:54 AM
My advice to any artist starting out in the world would be to stay up to date with the latest trends and keep re-inventing your creative identity. Keep your line fresh and your customers interested and just work hard on creating a viable body of work and throw it and yourself out there because i am also an artist and i have done so much work on christian art (http://www.shekinahartgallery.com/) paintings and oil paintings and if you want to see some of my work.Do let me know may be i can help you out.
09-28-2011, 09:57 AM
make a website with all your work on it- set it as your homepage so every time you open the internet browser your site pops up- your website gets more hits so your google rating goes up ;) every little bit helps.
Open your place up for a gallery showing
make cheap fliers with a piece of work on them and drop 'em around town
make art for gifts- birthdays, holidays, everything
teach art classes at the local high school or community college or ymca
11-18-2011, 11:30 PM
When you decide to sell your art, you become a business owner and it's true thatiIn the beginning you do everything yourself.
12-02-2011, 11:53 PM
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Don't ever give up my dear friend.Keep on eye of latest happenings and news in art market.Engage yourself in producing art of high quality.Do googling and start online market research.Quality never dies remember.
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