Tip file: Getting down to business

From Sally Prince Davis, in the March 1992 issue of The Artist’s Magazine:

For every hour devoted to painting, set aside an hour for business. Unrealistic? No, because “business” includes stops at the art store, phone calls to a gallery, research trips to new outlets, days spent at booth shows and trips to the printer for new business cards. Business hours don’t have to equal painting hours on a daily basis, but you should pay some attention to business every day.

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2 thoughts on “Tip file: Getting down to business

  1. Grace

    Too true—all creative people have to make time to market themselves. And these days that includes updating your website or blog, making an archive of your work, posting on internet forums…

    I have to say, when I was writing my book I’d get distracted by thoughts of what kinds of marketing I’d do once it was done. But the bigger timesuck was the fits of cleaning I’d do to procrastinate! I gotta say, my kitchen floor never looked cleaner.

  2. Mandy

    Great advice that applies as much to writing as to painting. I would also add that the opposite is true – don’t let the trips to the office supply store take on more importance than the creative work itself.