Working artists are living the dream, devoting 100% of their time and energy to creating their art. Many are teachers sharing their creative process with others. Being an artist is not an easy road nor is it glamorous. There are long days and nights creating a lot of art that no one will ever see. There is anxiety when no money is coming in. There is fear they aren't good enough. There is also hope, that their hard work and dedication will pay the bills, buy more art supplies and that their creations will bring happiness to others. Artists are driven to create and it seems nothing can stop them. It is their destiny after all and they embrace it. How can you help your favorite artists so they can keep doing what they are doing?
Go to art fairs.
Look up art fairs near you. There is one very weekend during the summer. Talk with the artists. Ask them thoughtful questions. Join their email newsletter list. Purchase their art. Art fairs are A LOT of work. They are physically and emotionally exhausting. Artists pay entry fees, go through a jurying process to get into the show and then if chosen are required to pay a booth fee.
Go to art shows.
Check out listings in the newspaper and online for gallery and art exhibitions. If you can, go to the opening reception. Say hello to the artist, ask how they were inspired and how they made their art. Tell your friends about the show too. Help spread the word.
Purchase original art by your favorite artist.
It is an amazing feeling when someone purchases your art, You literally sing and dance. Your heart flies! Purchasing art from your favorite artist allows them to keep making more art. Many artists sell original art as well as prints. Chances are there is something in your price range.
Take a class.
Many artists are teachers and offer in person and online classes. Do you love their art and are you curious how they create it? Take their class! You will be inspired and learn new techniques and gain a greater appreciation for the creative process.
Sign up for newsletters.
Many artists have an email newsletter. Sign up so you can follow their journey and find out about new work, shows and classes.
Visit the artists website.
Most artists have beautiful websites that showcase their art and classes. Check it out and learn more about your favorite artist.
Interact on social media.
Follow your favorite artist on social media. 'Like' their photos. Leave comments. Share their posts. These all help create exposure for the artist. It also let's the artist know people are out there looking.
Send the artist emails.
Let the artist know how much you enjoy their work. Many artists work alone for hours and days at a time. It is really nice to hear positive comments. Send photos of their art in your home too. Artists love to see their art being enjoyed.
Read artists blogs.
Many artists write blogs. Take the 5-10 minutes to read their articles. Leave comments and share the blog with others.
Watch artists video.
In todays digital age there are a lot of videos to watch, Take some time to check out the videos created by your favorite artists. You just might learn something new or gain greater insight into their process. Leave comments and share them too.
All of these suggestions are easy ways to support your favorite artists. Believe me, they are eternally grateful!