Complaining is a sign of defeat
As we move forward in our art practice, it is only natural that we encounter difficulties. Making our working life sustainable is about connecting ourselves to others.
Resistance to this manifests in different areas -
Technical difficulties ...............
I am rewriting this article and have just overcome three days of fretting. I thought I had broken my website. The more we put into something shows us our weak areas. I couldn't work out what the hell was going on. What's more, it seemed too complicated to get the right online advice.
Persistence and reflection
When we overcome difficulties, two things happen. Initially, we are elated, and then we realise that a lesson has been internalised. I know more about the software and also that I can learn.
For an artist, this awareness of resistance is already part of the experience. To build a sustainable arts practice, taking into accord our own way of reacting to certain situations is the best way forward.
If I get caught up with complaining about how hard things are, then I don't do anything and become quickly downhearted. In a sense, complaining is divisive, inside.
We do have an opportunity to polish ourselves by using online resources to expand our understanding of social art practice. Critical response is part of our work. To have a healthy relationship with criticism takes practice.
The prevalence of social media is irrefutable.
The first step in embracing Social Media is, to be honest with our feelings towards it. When our critical nature dominates platforms, then the outcome will be ineffective.
Social Media want you to be using it
TThe advantages of engaging with these platforms are many. In 2019 I used FB live to engage with potential clients. Confidence is crucial, whatever we do to sell our work.
Through live performance on FB live, the way I articulate my story has improved immensely. My writing skills are improving and helping me develop my work strategies. There are times where it seems to be a disaster. With persistent effort, the value created becomes a foundation.
If you are new to Social Media, pick one platform and concentrate on that. Other platforms will be easier to understand when you have mastered one.
Since 2014 I have had about 20 exhibitions of different styles.
If you are willing to say yes and have a go the results from doing a show or exhibition help to build self-confidence.
Creative Arts can be a solitary activity. After working in a company for years, the beauty of painting in the studio on my own is tangible. It is possible to regulate the networking time and gradually become better and managing your alone time too. Socially engaged artists can enjoy a growing understanding of their own work if they embrace those around them.
Too much of either will have an impact on your output of creative work. There are other aspects to managing this part of your sustainable art practice. Sometimes aloofness will pay dividends for the popularity of your work. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.