The complete guide to fostering Agency, creating consistent Action and finding an Audience for your artwork
Art making is 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, this book will help. It sucks doing all this on your own!
My journey to artist-dom has been inspired by my skin. Skin to me is a source of inspiration and joy, as well as expression. But it hasn’t always been this way—for years I struggled with my skin’s sensitivity, ashamed and embarrassed of it. You see, I have a condition called dermatographia (which means ‘skin writing’). Due to this, if my skin is lightly scratched, I get huge, temporary welts that flare up and turn red, but are painless. It also means that my face blushes easily, and I have to be very careful of touching my skin, otherwise I might look like I got into a fight with a raccoon.
What Inspired This Book…
Dermatographia inspired me to write this book about creativity, inspiration, and skin…to share what I’ve learned over the years as a working artist on a unique path, a path to art, expression, creativity, and health. This path hasn’t always been easy, but it sure has been rewarding. I have my skin to thank for that.
When I was younger, I never thought of myself as an artist, never thought I was creative. Then I found photography, and had a few amazing professors in college that saw something in me I couldn’t even see in myself. With their help and encouragement, I came out of my shell and started to be known as an artist.
Who This Book Is For….
Artist Tome is meant for anyone and everyone who wants to get in touch with their creative side. Everybody–ranging from people who can’t take a picture with a camera phone, to those of us who have a fine art degree in photography. No matter what your credentials (or ‘lack’ thereof), the drive to create is the same for us all: we want to get in touch with who we are and how we see the world, and to make a difference while doing it.
What You Get…
The book is divided into 3 sections, one for each of the 3 A’s of creating: Agency, Action, and Audience. It takes dedication, Agency, to maintain a creative practice, to find space in your busy life to build a place to work and spend time in it regularly. Once you get yourself the time and space for creating, it’s all about what you do in there, the Action taking place–making things that reflect your wealth of experience and understanding. This Action brings beautiful things to life, and these things need to be seen by your Audience. Your work transforms once it’s viewed, and goes on to live with, and inside, the viewer. The ways in which you learn from your audience and your audience learns from you make the circle complete, and fuel your creativity even more!
Within each of the sections are exercises to help illustrate the concepts I discuss, and get you making things, along with images and examples to get you inspired. Artist Tome will help you get out of your own way and find the power within you to create a holistic, artistic life.