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Challenges of the Present Day Artist-Results of the Internet Fast!

by livsart , October 4, 2010—02:15 AM

Topics: abstract artist, art talk, artists difficulties, internet fast, modern art

Hi All, I'm back from my one week internet fast! Hey, guess what? I survived I had a great time!

I originally decided to take a week off from the internet because I was finding that I was spending far more time working on the computer promoting and marketing my art than actually creating art! Not only was I experiencing physical problems like back and eye ache, but I couldn't seem to focus enough to paint or even think creatively.

I will now schedule a regular internet break into my bi- monthly timetable. I guess it wouldn't suit everybody, but I think because of my nature, it's something I need to do. I'm the sort of person who tends to get very absorbed by these things and I find it hard to back off a bit. They become like a 'monkey' on my back. I've already been through 'burnout' nine years ago due to overwork, so it is something I have to keep an eye on. Anyway, having last week off was great, I was able to step back and re-assess my work situation and what direction I wanted to take with my professional art career. I also had time to catch up with some important 'contacts' and follow up some business leads. It all accumulated into me making the major decision to resign from my part time jpb and pursue new art teaching openings for the rest of the year.. I now feel excited, but also at peace, about my decisions. When one door closes a new one opens,. I suppose every professional artist comes to this point- It's either sink or swim. Will I make enough money to replace my part time income? Time will tell. Fortunately, I have the support of my husband, who for weeks has been telling me to take several months off and just do what I like for awhile. So there seemed to be a lot of confirmation that helped with my decision.

I'm looking forward to the next 3 months - time to visit some Sydney art galleries, look at starting my own art classes' and networking with some other art professionals. It will be interesting and I'll be letting you know how it goes; so wish me luck! Ciao for now Liv.




  Mary Lawler ( homepage )

10/04/2010 * 14:05:14

Finding the balance is always the hardest part. We need to create, we need to network. We are all guilty of getting sucked into the Internet zone, far further than we need to go. I try VERY hard to do what I have to do to conduct business and not get distracted leap frogging from one site to the next. I have found it very helpful to set a timer for the allotted time, since I can't tell time when I am on the computer!
Best of everything to you. Keep us posted.
PS a blog about your transition would be great!!


  Jason Schakosky ( homepage )

10/04/2010 * 07:06:52

Perhaps that is what I need to do. But if I do, many people would think that I am ignoring them or more importantly, my bills will not get paid. The internet, so many pros and cons in everyday life. Don't know which way to turn except to climb the monkey tree.

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