For the past year, I have been a participant in Lilla Rogers, Make Art that Sells courses. I have not shared much of my work from those classes here as they are mainly in process or “experiments” for my developing my style and building a portfolio of work. I am involved right now in the 3rd installment of classes called Bootcamp, where for 6 months you receive a mini project and guidelines for a larger project that gets loaded to a gallery where your work can be seen by a greater audience.
The lessons I am learning from taking these courses are huge and I want to share some of them with you today.
1. Start where you are and embrace that point in your own creativity. There are artists at all different levels participating in this course and it can be intimidating seeing the work of people that have skills that you may or may not have developed. Do it anyway. You will grow and advance your own skills only by doing the work.
2. People buy your joy. Share your story but also share how much you love creating because that is what will show through in your work and developing your skills/style. Renew your own excitement about creativity and embrace the joy of creating just like when you were a child. Have fun, don’t stress over perfection and just enjoy the work.
3. Join in with the community. The most valuable part of being in a creative online course is engaging with the community and sharing your work with others. Out of the sessions I have taken, I am seeing artist groups forming, excitement shared when someone achieves a goal or lands a project, creative resources shared and templates shared to help you achieve a positive outcome in your own work. There is nothing greater for an artist to have and build a community.
4. Most importantly, make time to CREATE. The only way you will grow as an artist is to make time (even if it is small chunks between picking up kids at school or during nap time or late at night after working a long day) to hone your craft. I can speak from authority on this one as I manage two kids, a spouse, two dogs and a small business and I still carve out some time during my day to draw, take a photograph, dream and create.
The photo I am sharing above is part of this months project. I did not meet the deadline because of all the “other” things I had going on but I am still using the skills I learned from class this month to complete the assignment and make art that I enjoy and will be sharing with you guys as I go along. My goal for next month is to complete the project and upload it to the gallery at the end of the month so that it can be shared along with approx. 400 other students work. For now, I share the “in process” piece with you and a goal of completing it before the March project arrives in my inbox.
If you would like to see the gallery of work created this month, feel free to pop on over to Lilla Rogers site. You can link to many artists websites from their pieces and even purchases the products through them.
Have a great Thursday everyone.