Sunday, June 7, 2015

Play Up!

This week one of my artist, client, friends shared an email with me featuring a blog post. The post incorporates a quote- “If you want to improve your game, make sure the person on the other side of the net is better than you. Play up.” This is not only true in sports, it's true in almost everything an especially in art.

Artists ask me all the time about—finding their voice. My first thought is they have to want to do the work. Many times crafters travel from one workshop to another learning some great techniques, but never work it enough to make it their own. In the 90's a truly great artist gave me some of the best advice ever. She said you learn a technique- go back to your studio and use it over and over and over. Do a piece and another and another and another until what you learned evolves into your own work. The first year she shared that advice I created 125 pieces from a technique I had learned. That was the beginning of an inspiring and eventful art career.

Playing up! is a good way to advance your art game. You don't have to change what you are doing in art in a major way. Just consider how you work, where would you like to be in your art and make it happen. Read about marketing, showing, selling and creating art. 

For the actual blog post on ArtsyShark by Carolyn Edlund- click here