We are pleased to offer a guest post by Kelly Sullivan
OK, I really just want one who will manage all of the small business details of my artistic career.
Striving to be a better painter takes continual ‘work’ if I can call
it that. It takes time. And the better you get, the more you want to put
out there so that it is seen, and it sells, and it grows. Unless you
are ‘kept’, you need to feed your pigment habit, as well as your family.
This forces either economic success, or an alternative income. If those
are my options, well... there is no option.
I’m fortunate. I stumbled into a nice career of finger painting
(believe it or not). I've managed to create a income as an artist,
though my tactics were far from traditional. My success depended as much
on my ability to produce a proposal as it did the art I created on
site. The balance of business and art were equally weighted, no doubt
about it. As the years move on, I’ve become more and more dedicated to
classical art, and the study of it. All I’ve ever wanted was to be an
artist, surrounded by peers, making a difference in the world. My
vision has become more focused, and my dedication and passion for it has
But all the tenacity in the world doesn’t change the fact that if art
is to be your business, there is business to be done. There is as much
going on behind the easel as there is in front of it: web sites, blogs,
shows, frames, marketing, client contact, press releases, finance and
taxes. It is almost too much for one creative mind to absorb, let alone
accomplish. Complicating the issue is that the more time I spend in
front of my easel, the less time I want to spend at my desk. But it
seems that their demands for attention coincide. One without the other
is only half the recipe, and your cake will flop – unless of course you
have a good wife. Then perhaps it will show up well frosted.