Monday, July 2, 2012

Artists - How to use your down time

Is your studio too hot to work or don't feel too inspired? Or did you just have an exhibition and you need a break? Or you are working away, but the art market is getting you down?

This is a good opportunity to take stock of your inventory, add it to your database (or create one if you don't have one), make sure all your work is signed and dated and document your work. Remember to use a good camera and crop and title your digital files. If you do not know how to do this, get professional help; we recommend Pat Berrett, (505)881-0935.

In addition, down-time can be used to organize your inventory, destroy works not up to par, and make sure everything is properly stored and protected.

Maybe it is time to learn a new technique. There are lots of great summer classes out there.

Last but not least, update your bio and take a good and hard look at your artist statement. Is it still relevant to your work or should it be rewritten? New Grounds offers professional help with these tasks.

Once you are ready to go back to work, start with an unfinished piece, or rework something that you were not happy with. It is less intimidating than a blank piece of paper or canvas.

Have a great summer!

Regina Held
Director, New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery