When art fails, what do you do?
You can’t seem to get it right. It doesn’t turn out how you wanted. You fuss and worry and rework that creation over and over till it’s where you want it. But it still slumps. It’s at that moment you are about to break the stretchers in half, burn the canvas and scream at the sky.
Maybe for others, it’s that you have created the most wonderful piece in your life. You’re so proud of the work and you know that even from an objective view, it’s skillfully created and would be potentially successful as a selling artwork and even as an image that could be reproduced. You are satisfied with the work and the subject matter. You feel most genuine painting this and as exactly as you wanted. BUT it does NOT sell. In fact, noone is remotely interested. You feel you’ve just wasted your time offering something incredible to your collectors.
What do you do when the idea fails?
- Not every day will you be able to create.
- Not every day will you be able to create something wonderful.
- Not every day will you be able to create something wonderful that people want.
You are an artist, first and foremost. A business person, second. A mind reader, um NEVER.
Running a successful art business or building a sustainable career is a dream most never attain and most never see realized. If you’re half-way there, congrats! If you’re experiencing an uphill battle, don’t fret. As an artist, remaining true to your work, finding time to follow this path and even manage to make it a sustainable business is a very difficult and loopy road.
Expect a rollercoaster ride, but find peace in your journey.