Imagine my surprise when I open my email today and see the Cloth, Paper, Scissors Online Editor Cherie Haas has done a little write up on my next Art of Business column in the Spring 2015 issue of Artists and Makers magazine. The second issue of this fab new magazine is available now. Honestly, I think I am the target market for this magazine. As a working artist and entrepreneur, I spend my hours every day weaving in and out of tasks. Sometimes these tasks are getting to make jewelry or collages or assemblages. Sometimes (albeit rarely) I get to simply play in my art journal. More often than not, I’m doing business-related tasks of sending and responding to emails, writing columns, working through various stages of deadlines, marketing, research, social media, blogging, as well as all the rest of the tasks that occupy a typical work day. Add to that a traveling and teaching schedule and you’ll understand that I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to enhance productivity so I can keep moving forward in business, art and life.
I was pretty jazzed when I learned the focus of the Spring issue is all about being in the spotlight. As my editor and I talked over my intro for my column, I told her one of my biggest challenges in my working life is how to balance the solitude of of my days in the studio with the spotlight of teaching/filming/selling. Fortunately, I have many more working days where it’s just me at my computer, talking to our team members or other business associates on the phone, and creating art than I do all-out public days. However, those days at the shows or art retreats or conferences are long hours with lots of creative energy exchange with others, as well as information overload. I consider myself to be a social introvert, meaning I enjoy people and their company immensely but when I’m left to my own devices I tend to choose home-based activities like making or reading or hanging out with my husband and family.
I’ve learned how to enjoy the solitude and embrace the spotlight after quite a few years of doing it now. It wasn’t always easy and I definitely stumbled at times, but I know that success requires both ends of this spectrum. It takes time where you must turn inward and create. After creation though comes sharing. Every artist needs to share her creations with the world in order to inspire others and generate sales, and being in the spotlight is just as important work as is the making. If you’re interested in this topic at all, you can find my thoughts on the subject, as well as 100+ pages of artist interviews, gorgeous photos and even more salient advice from the other experts/columnists. All this for less than $10.