3 Tips To Being A Successful Artist

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Success – Hannah bought this lovely painting recently

Being a successful artist is something we dream of. As part of my diving deeper program, I want to take a look at the ‘success’ word and what that means for artists.

Tip #1

My first tip relates to the concept of success itself. If you want to be successful you need to first define what success means for you. Here are some ideas.

  • Selling your work
  • Having your work shown in a commercial gallery
  • Taking part in a group exhibition
  • Being accepted into an art fair
  • Putting up a website
  • Being invited to be part of an artist Mastermind group
  • Taking a course in business management
  • Raising your skill level by attending classes
  • Having your work included in a magazine
  • Completing a piece that you are really happy with
Tip #2

Once you have decided what success is for you then you need to look towards what you need to do to reach that goal. Of course, you don’t have to choose only one thing. There are many elements to an art career. Also, I might add that my list is not definitive. There may be many other things that success is to you. I am merely giving you some ideas. It is for you to decide what success is for you. Where many emerging artists go wrong is that they think success is just about making money by selling their artworks. However, as you can see from the list there is a lot more to it than that. You may define being a successful artist, as being able to create all of your income from art related products.

It is a pretty big ask when you are starting out to expect your artwork to be able to support you. You will find that many of those that we would call successful artists, still have income from other sources happening. We all know what a fickle world the art world is and so it is advisable to have a Plan B.

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Taking part in a group exhibition

Tip #3

Tip number three, to being a successful artist, can probably be contained in the word perseverance.
It doesn’t matter how good your art is, at the end of the day, you won’t achieve any of the above-listed goals, without a healthy dose of perseverance.

Even learning to paint in the first place requires huge amounts of patience and stick-ability. It requires the capacity to try and fail, try and fail, and try and fail again and again.
That is only the beginning. Then you have to get your head around being an artpreneur. Many young artists begin with lofty visions of being ‘discovered’.

However,  not even 1% of aspiring artists would fall into this category. In fact, to begin having some success in selling your art, you need to become successful in selling yourself and your work. This means many hours spent networking, working social media, stalking galleries, attending openings, and cultivating collectors.

It means allowing more time to market your work than you spend painting.

Bonus Tip!!

The bonus success tip is – Appreciation.

What does that mean exactly? It means that every time you achieve one of those goals that tell you you’re successful, you need to physically appreciate yourself in some way. For example, the first painting I ever sold, I bought a gold ring with the money to always remind myself of that achievement.  I am still wearing the ring as I type this blog post.

It’s not good enough to just say to yourself I’ve done that one, tick, and on to the next thing. You might treat yourself to that special art material you’ve been wanting for a while, or take yourself on a really special artist date. If we do not mark our achievements, then we don’t notice that we’re making progress. This is why it is so important to figure out what success means to you because if you don’t know what that is, obviously you won’t know when you’ve achieved it. The other thing about having several small goals that you can feel successful on achieving is that you will attract success because you are already achieving it and developing a success mindset.