Posted by Dane Carder on January 1, 2019

End of December – 2018

Over the years, I have had lots of people (many, aspiring artists) ask what is the one best piece of advice I could offer about maintaining a career as an artist…

Now, labelling what I do in my studio a “career” is a loose categorization, but I have consistently made paintings since 1994, and have occasionally found people willing to purchase what I have created. Making art has never really been about “making a living,” in terms of providing a steady income, and that is part of the trick to maintaining the studio practice. I do the Work because I love doing the Work, and I feel that “quitting” is not an option. It is all bigger than me. It’s like eating, it is nourishment that I can’t live without. Starting today, I am posting one blog a day for the whole year… testing persistence in another forum. Can I show up daily with something to offer? What does it matter if I do? It’s not really about the results… kinda like the studio practice. It’s about making an offering and leaving the ripples to do whatever they need to do. 2019 comes at a wonderful time, as 2018 was so tired… I wish you all a most fulfilling year, one day at a time.

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