Week 31 - Spinning my Wheels

If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?

Marie Dressler 


Busy doing nothin'.

Nothing in the studio, that is...


Why is the life of a full-time artist so busy?

Being a full-time artist sounds like a dream job, right? Well, it is, but not in the way you might think. While most people imagine artists leisurely painting in their studios all day, the reality is quite different. The life of a full-time artist is a whirlwind of activities and responsibilities that keep us busy everywhere in and out of our art studios.

Mastering the art of multitasking

One of the secrets to surviving as a full-time artist is mastering the art of multitasking. I'm not just painter; I'm also a marketer, accountant, social media manager, and customer service representative. I have to wear many hats to make a living from my art.

Networking: The art of making connections

Artists know that networking is key to our success. Not only do I connect with the public in my gallery, but I also take part in art events, exhibitions, and workshops to connect with other artists, collectors, and potential buyers. Building relationships and making connections is crucial.

Gallery, art shows and exhibitions: The hustle never stops

Running Cranston Gallery, entering art shows and exhibitions are not just about showcasing my work; they're also opportunities to sell art. Countless hours are spent preparing for these venues, from creating new pieces to running the "shop".

Social media: The artist's virtual gallery

Artists today need to embrace social media to promote their work. I invest a significant amount of time in curating my online presence, capturing photos of my art, and interacting with my followers. Managing a virtual gallery demands time and dedication.

Teaching and workshops: Sharing the knowledge

Aspiring artists often supplement their income by teaching classes and workshops. Sharing knowledge and skills adds another layer to their busy schedule. Teaching is a way to earn money and give back to the artistic community.

Life outside the studio: Finding inspiration

Ironically, full-time artists often find inspiration outside their art studio. Exploring new places, meeting new people, and immersing themselves in different experiences. Their canvas is life itself, drawing inspiration from the world that surrounds them.

The life of a full-time artist painter is far from the romanticized image of an artist peacefully painting in their studio. It's a busy and demanding lifestyle that requires creativity, flexibility, and a lot of hard work.So, the next time you meet an artist, they may appear to be hanging out, but in reality, they could be hard at work outside their art studio!

 Art Show

Fort Point Museum, 100 Fort Point Road, LaHave, NS
August 2nd to August 27th, 10am - 5pm Daily

The Lunenburg County Plein Air group has a show running for the month of August at the Fort Point Museum. If you are in the area, drop by to see some amazing plein air paintings by local artists... and me!


Until next week...




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