“Working with Ariana is like getting a jumpstart on your dreams. Ariana provides practical, real-world advice for advancing your creative career. She asks critical questions that help clarify what it is that you want. From there, she offers a step by step plan for attaining those goals.”
— Julie Weitz, artist, www.julieweitz.com
What makes a ‘good’ artist?
The term is subjective when it comes to the quality of the work itself (because of course everyone has their own preferences when it comes to art), but there are some things that one needs to do in order to be a good artist.
You gotta make the work. Yeah, this one seems obvious, but sometimes we forget that creating art makes us artists, not just thinking about creating art. There’s a time for idea-generating and a time for action, and there needs to be a balance between the two.
Take risks. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone, let yourself make mistakes (also occasionally known as happy accidents), and let the work guide you to grow. If your art isn’t growing and evolving, neither are you.
Be resourceful. Finding time and energy to make art and pursue creative endeavors is HARD sometimes! It takes a lot of work to maintain a rich, full, beautiful life while making a living and spending the time in the studio required for making meaningful things.
Which means you need persistence as well. Dedication. Drive. Commitment. A reason why you do what you do…. because nobody else is going to care very much if you make art or not.
Share it. If you’re going to all the trouble of making it, share what you’re working on! Otherwise that part of you that you’ve worked so hard to externalize remains hidden, and the work isn’t given an opportunity to live on in the viewer. Your work needs an audience.
Be kind and receptive to those who reach out to you. When you share your work, you get something in return. Making art that comes from a place of generosity–revealing what matters to you–is guaranteed to make an impact. So you’ll find yourself hearing from people who love your work, and some of them will help show your art and fund it. The money and exhibitions come after curiosity, courage and motivation are in place :+)
Ask for help. It’s powerful to receive feedback when you’re in the midst of realizing an idea. Getting an outside perspective will help you gain new insight into your art, and you only get that from asking people you trust for input.
How do you define a successful artist? What qualities do you relate to? Do you consider yourself successful?
To me, it’s all about crossing the bridge from inside to outside, bringing forth your creativity and inner inspiration to manifest that awesome new project/piece. Then everything else follows.
Being an artist means you’re running a business. Not only are you responsible for staying creative and inspired, you’re also responsible for ensuring that the whole operation flourishes while you stay sane: promoting your art, maintaining a dedicated art making practice AND a life, supporting yourself, keeping good documentation/records, finding an audience, being resourceful, doing research, etc.
Are you an artist, or hoping to be an artist? Do you feel like you could use some help with your practice? If so, I can help. It sucks doing all this on your own!
Let’s Work Together!
“Working with Ariana is like speaking with a very art-focused, helpful friend. She gave a unique perspective on my work and the way in which I was presenting it that really struck me. Ariana’s artistic eye and openness to my work made the critique and feedback very refreshing and inspiring. She was friendly, receptive, and kept the focus on my work and me throughout our sessions. I really enjoyed my experience with Ariana and not only would I recommend her, but I would love to work with her again.”
— Talia Ellis, artist, www.taliaellis.com
Working with me you’ll discover:
- ways to tap into inner creative resources you never even knew existed
- how to find time in your busy life to make art
- how to find an audience for your work
- ways to stay inspired and optimistic
- how to be resourceful with your time and energy
- how to get paid for your art
I promise that even in just one hour with me you’ll feel a renewed sense of curiosity, courage and motivation in your practice, and you’ll walk away with tools to implement in your studio/life right away!
Be in touch to schedule a free 30 minute phone or Skype session and we’ll decide if we make a good team!
“Ariana is amazing and a true artistic visionary. She has navigated the process of fear of expression and self-actualization so gracefully on a path that has led her to become an internationally acclaimed fine artist recognized by galleries and media outlets all over the world. What’s even cooler is Ariana works with other artists, and anyone creative really, in helping them navigate this path of authentic expression, holistic approaches to the creative process, cultivating consistency, and getting your work out into the world. This is really powerful work, especially for us entrepreneurs riding the line between creative and consistent and finding that right balance, becoming comfortable being vulnerable, and trusting the process.”
— Alisha Golden, entrepreneur
I am also available for either virtual or in-person studio visits to give feedback on what you’ve already made.
Other things that could come up include:
- Should you work with a gallery?
- What does it mean to have gallery representation?
- How do you get shows?
- What’s the best way to get published?
- What’s the best way to write an artist statement, what to include and exclude about yourself and your work?
- How do you stay full of heart, authenticity, and passion and still be a good business person?
- How can you keep your energy levels up in the midst of all this busy-ness?
- How do you honor your practice as a holistic artist?
- What are some great ways to take care of your skin? (we gotta talk about skin since this site is called Skintome ;=)
We’ll cover these topics and more in our sessions/studio visits.