The main lesson I have been learning this semester is that the world of art, in any form, comes down to the classic cliche of :
“it is not what you know, it’s who you know”
When you think about it, it could not be any more true in the creative world only because the level of talent is deep and vast, there are too many talented and fine skilled artists in the world to be “artistically introverted”. I am learning that going to school for art, has little to do with actually learning techniques and skills, but has more to do with meeting professors and fellow students who can later end being colleagues or connections to galleries, showings, sales etc. etc.
Every opprutunity I have had to show or sell my work has come from people I have met, not from art contests or website views. I have had to physically and digitally make myself available to anyone who would want to listen to or befriend me.
The point is, the image and cliche of “the introverted, angst-ridden, anti-social artist” must die. This image too many artists paint for themselves has no chance of success. Only because, there are too many artists making work just as good as that anti-social artist, but they are socialble, well connected, extroverted and seeking friendship and attention from the right people.
I have come a long way when it comes to things like this, but I still occasionally miss an opprutunity to present or sell my work because I was too fearful or did not take the inititave to meet with someone or talk to someone that could help me in my artistic journey.
So let’s get out there and make ourselves heard!