5 Tips for Making a Living as an Artist

Recently I heard a panel of five artists each share five tips on making a living as an artist. Here’s my distillation, my favorite five after going over 25:

1) Realize you are a brand and people buy into how you present yourself.

2) Making art is a daily practice so always be making something. Especially something that means a lot to you.

3) Don’t get discouraged by the noes. You’ll learn from each one.

4) Have integrity. This is perhaps the most important quality.

5) Find your place, your voice. Don’t even think about the “Art World” when you make your art.

Make Your Own Scan-O-Gram


Gow-O-Gram by Mary Gow

Photograms are one of my favorite art forms. They are cameraless photographs often produced by placing objects on top of photo-sensitive paper and flashing them with light under the photo enlarger in the darkroom. I once saw images of objects scanned and decided that might be a way to shortcut going to the darkroom. Here’s the result of my first experiment on my scanner. Making art from your image scanner has been around for as long as the scanner has been around. What have you been scanning?