Gosh I love summer in the city. Yesterday my daughter & I went to spend the afternoon on 17th Avenue in Calgary to enjoy coffee at Cafe Beano and pick up art supplies at Mona Lisa Artist's Materials.
Unfortunately at the cafe a young gentleman fainted and I rushed over to see if he was okay, fortunately the cafe employees were right there to help, calling for assistance as soon as I asked them to, and also fortunately the young man was much better by the time the emergency providers arrived, which was very quick...I love Emergency Medical Technicians!
Then we spent some time walking around in the beautiful sunshine...it's so nice to see all the outdoor patios filled with patrons on such a gorgeous spring day. Our final stop, and the reason for our visit, was Mona Lisa for supplies...picked up some copper leaf for another commission I'll be starting within a couple of weeks along with an interesting book, just for fun. It's more of a workbook than just a read though it seems that there is valuable information inside, but I love filling out questionnaires so I couldn't resist. The title is 'The Successful Artist's Career Guide' by Margaret Peot. My problem is that I am a sucker for an interesting cover, so of course this ended up in my shopping bag.
The chapter titles were intriguing:
1. What do you want to do and where do you want to live?
(hmmm...day dreaming, one of my favorite things)
2. What will be your expertise?
(this one has always been acrylic on canvas for me even though I've experimented with everything)
3. What is your art worth?
(always a difficult question to answer, fortunately I've been guided by galleries throughout my career)
4. Practical considerations
(all the boring stuff, you know, legal & health...and really, really important)
5. Promoting yourself
(again, difficult, especially if you're introverted...I've learned just to share what I'm doing because I've been asked to over and over)
6. Interesting art jobs
7. Getting to work
(which is what I should be doing right now)
It also ends with additional suggestions for reading along with online links. I think it will be valuable for me to write things down, to clarify so I don't go off on little tangents in directions that don't feel 'right' for me. So, I will be spending a little time in the sun with this today, in between drying layers of paint, that is.