In a Slump
I shared my frustration with people in a couple of the online groups I am in, and got lots of helpful advice and suggestions. Some of it I took. Some of it I didn't. But the moment passed.
One of the suggestions I got was to check out artbizcoach.com, which I am very glad I did. I am a huge fan of coaching anyway. I have worked with a life coach for several years both individually and in groups and have found that it has been tremendously helpful to me. (I am also quite a fan of the life coaching reality tv show: Starting Over.)
There are some wonderful things available on the artbizcoach site including a newsletter and the "6 Habits of Highly Successful Artists". I highly recommend it to people who are in the art biz!
One of the first things Alyson B. Stanfield (the coach) asks is:
When is the last time you . . .
Worked on a promotions or marketing plan
Updated your Web site or résumé
Followed up with patrons or your gallery
Balanced your books
Rewrote your artist statement
Added to your mailing list
Distributed a press release
Sent a thank-you note
So next time I am in a slump...I have a few other things to keep me busy! This list of questions was a good reminder that the business of art, is not just about creating art, but it is also about creating a business!