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15 lessons I wish I knew when I started as an artist

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Embarking on the journey as an artist is both thrilling and challenging. Reflecting on my own experiences, here are 15 invaluable lessons that could have saved me a lot of heartache when I first started.

Photo credit: Aryadne Woodbridge

1. Create Your Own Rules:

From technique to style, remember that art is an expression of your individuality. Forge your path and let your creativity guide the way.

2. Don't Follow Other People's Journey:

Each artist's path is unique. Learn from others, but remember that your journey is yours alone. Embrace the twists and turns as part of your personal growth.

3. Consistency is Key:

Just like any skill, painting improves with regular practice. Consistency is the magic ingredient that transforms good artists into exceptional ones.

4. Embrace Discomfort:

Starting something new can be intimidating. Embrace the Discomfort; it's a sign that you're challenging yourself and growing as an artist.

5. Multifaceted Artists Are Real Artists:

Having another job or income source doesn't diminish your artistic identity. Embrace the diverse facets of your life—they enrich your perspective and creativity.

6. Treat Every Collector as the Only One:

Building relationships with collectors is crutial. Treat each interaction as if they are your sole supporter; the connection goes beyond the transaction.

7. Social Media Numbers Don't Define You:

Your worth as an artist isn't determined by the number of followers. Focus on genuine connections and let your passion shine through your work.

8. You Are More Than Your Art:

While art is a significant part of your identity, remember that you are multifaceted. Embrace your diverse interests—they contribute to your uniqueness.

9. Separating Art and Self-Worth:

Your art is a creation, not a reflection of your personal worth. Detach your self-esteem from the success or failure of a particular piece.

10. Art Isn't Always Fun and Easy:

Creativity has its ebbs and flows. Accept that not every painting session will be a joy, but each contributes to your growth as an artist.

11. Prioritize Your Well-being:

Your mental and physical health should always come first. A healthy artist creates more impactful and meaningful art.

12. Silence Self-Doubt:

Drown out the voices of doubt and comparison. You possess a unique voice and perspective—trust in your abilities.

13. Trust the Process:

Artistic journeys are filled with uncertainties. Trust in your process, and remember that growth happens gradually.

14. Good Things Take Time:

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a flourishing artistic career. Be patient; your dedication will yield rewarding results.

15. Ask for Help:

Feel free to seek guidance from fellow artists, mentors, or professionals in the field. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Embracing a collaborative spirit can offer new perspectives, enhance your skills, and foster a supportive artistic community. Remember, everyone started somewhere, and the art world is full of individuals willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

Drica Lobo in her studio in Hermosa Beach, CA. Credit: SouthBay Magazine
Drica Lobo in her studio in Hermosa Beach, CA. Credit: SouthBay Magazine

I remember these lessons and understand that every stroke contributes to my masterpiece called life. 

As I share these insights from my artistic journey with you, I invite you to reflect on your journey. How do these lessons resonate with your experiences? I encourage you to engage in a dialogue—share your thoughts, challenges, and victories. 

Let's foster a community that celebrates our diverse paths as art enthusiasts. Join me on this ongoing exploration by connecting on social media, attending upcoming events, and, most importantly, continuing to support the arts. Together, we can incorporate creativity, each step contributing to our life's masterpiece.

Color. Your. Life

Love, Drica

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