I saw a post with this title today on a blog I discovered called the Sixty Minute Artist by a guy called Jerry Lebo. Jerry has a full time job, four kids and a hectic life. In between all of this he paints for 60 minutes a day. Every day. The post quotes a whole lot of statistics about artists in the US that make me (and Jerry) pretty average: full time job, aged around 40, college education in something other than art.
As I pointed out in a previous post, I am a bit of a sixty minute artist myself. It does give me a good feeling every time I discover another serious but spare-time artist fighting against the 24 hour day to fit in time for painting.
Jerry quotes a book called “Taking the leap” by Cay Lang that claims there are three things you need to be a successful artist:
- Good work habits
and of these three, “good work habits” are the most important.
I can agree with this on a certain level. If you are a business then remember you are a business. Personally, I’m not so much on the business level so I’m busy working on the other two and trying to find time to express my commitment to exploring my curiosity… and somewhere to put the paintings till I can find a market for the paintings I enjoy doing.