Yesterday I was the guest speaker for the Enterprise Center at Salem State University in the Business of the Arts Series and I had the opportunity to share what years of working as an artist have taught me from first hand experiences. My three page outline was available for attendees, (just in case I forgot to cover all the things I felt were important once I started talking), and I realized by putting this outline together I have the basis for one of the big things on my bucket list (I didn't even realize I had a bucket list!) The outline I put together for this workshop will be the core of the book I plan to write, "Making it as an Artist ... and avoid living in your parent's basement!" In this book I will also incorporate artwork that reflects the progression of my personal growth as an artist.
124 people attended the event, and I was told the prior 2 events in this series attracted 50+ people each. There is a definite niche in the art marketplace for the business of being an artist. The first few minutes I felt all those eyes looking at me and I may have stuttered a bit but once I got into the topic I found my comfort zone and was able to go with the flow.
At the end of the workshop attendees were given an evaluation form and I will have access to the results of the questionnaire (my choice). I will also be receiving an edited video which I hope to share either here or on YouTube. Now that all this art business is settled, I am ready to get my paints out...
I took this photograph last week when I was walking my dog and plan to use it for my next encaustic image transfer, hoping to start this weekend.