I can't share the specifics of why yet, but my last few months have been a season of recognition; meaning that my efforts have become something significant and when I make and share my work, it no longer feels like it's me screaming into the void. Seasons like this make me especially proud of the fact that I am a self-taught artist.
But while this path is entirely valid, it does mean you might have to bumble around with figuring out what goes on a CV or how to structure invoices a bit more as you begin as an emerging artist.
Over the years I have collected a few gems of resources, that I have relied heavily upon and found success.
I know many of my followers who also are pursuing the arts, who like me, are doing so without an academic background, so I thought I would quickly share the books I keep with me at all times.
Nothing beats just trusting your gut though. So take all of these recommendations with a grain of salt. What works for me may not work for you, and that doesn't mean that either is wrong or right.
"Nature and Its Symbols" written by Lucia Impelluso, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
This is part of the "A Guide to Imagery" series of books I have been slowly collecting over the years, in my experience, this particular title has been the most difficult to find. But if you use natural motifs, it's worth the trouble, because this book is tailored to you. So often I flip through this book to find inspiration. And while someone working outside of this subject matter might not find this particular book valuable, I bet any artist will find something useful in any of the other books in the series, which vary from everything to the depiction of magic in art to symbols of power.
I love this book so much I buy it any time I find it and often give it away.
"The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing" by Gigi Rosenberg
This book is a bit older, but non the less, incredibly useful. (All though I do wish there is an update) If you are an artist and are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the grant process, this book will walk you through it and by the end of it, you'll have a foundation that will be useful for the rest of your life. I became a better communicator after reading this book, in every way.
"Art/Work" by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber
The holy grail.
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Curious to know how to make a living?
Yeah, it even goes over how to do that.
The brilliance of this book is that is simple, straightforward and allows room for growth and for YOU to make informed business decisions. I value this book so much that I take it on vacation, just in case I get a tricky email and need to reference it quickly. I'm getting a second copy just because I'm a worry wart and I don't want to ever be without it.
I've linked each title to where you can find them to Amazon, and these are not affiliate links, if you can find them in a local mom and pop shop, please do.