“How to Be an Artist”

It goes without saying, if you wish to create then create. Do you need guidance? Take an art class or ask another artist for guidance. (Some artists do not like to share, but I will approach this a bit later.). Are you unsure of yourself and how others will see your art? First, and foremost, create for yourself. Yes, it is wonderful to sell and get praise from others, but more importantly is the satisfaction of creating.

Mark Rothko’s shares his ideas on how to be an artist:

  • Follow your childlike instincts.

  • Express the inexpressible.

  • Eliminate barriers between audience and canvas.

  • Remove ego from your art.

George O’Keeffe’s approach:

  • Observe the world around you - closely, hungrily.

  • Organization is key to productivity.

  • Don’t sweat the mistakes - learn from them.

  • Pay no attention to trends - be yourself.

Do you wish to market yourself? The following is according to Artsy Magazine:

  • Hone your voice.

  • Tap friends for market research.

  • Use tools you are comfortable with.

  • Experiment with different types of posts.

  • Make a website.

  • Keep a data base of contacts.

  • Be strategic with timing.

Recently I saw the documentary “Kusama: Infinity”. I love her work and have great respect for what she endured to get where she is, but there was one thing she said in which I disagree. She complained about Andy Warhol copying her ideas of repetition with his cows. They were nothing alike and Warhol merely took an idea and integrated it into his own art. She did not complain about Yoko Ono copying her “happenings”.

My thoughts on this? All of us see work we like and often integrate it into our own art. While speaking with a friend who had also seen the film, he said that if we did not take ideas from other artists we would only have one impressionist (or Dadaist, collage artist, abstract artist, etc.).

Steal like an artist.

Now for the pieces I created this month.

“The Cat that Conquered Worlds”

“The Cat that Conquered Worlds”

“Love Me to the Moon and Back”

“Love Me to the Moon and Back”

“Les Ballet Russes”

“Les Ballet Russes”

“Democracy Nailed”

“Democracy Nailed”



- “Kusama: Infinity” - excellent documentary about Yayoi Kusama now considered the most important woman artist.

- Japan House in Los Angeles has just opened to showcase Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation and technology.

- A Museum to the Moon is currently touring the world. It is a twenty three foot illuminated lunar replica.

- A recently published book “Ninth Street Women” by Mary Gabriel features women who changed modern art.



- “Larry Bell: Hocus Pocus and 12” continues at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico through October 7th.

- Kate Rivers, collage artist has new work at David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico.

- Vivo Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, latest exhibit “Once Upon a Time” is on view through October 30th.

- New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico features through March 10, 2019 “Good Company: Five Artist Communities in New Mexico.

- “From Calder to Chicago: Sculptors on Paper” continues at the Albuquerque Museum of Art through the spring of 2019.



- “Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo” on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California through December 30, 2019.

- “Ai Wei Wei: Life Cycle” in Los Angeles continues through March 3, 2019 at the Marciano Art Foundation.

- “Rauschenberg: In and About L.A.” is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art” through February 10, 2019.

- “Delacroix” continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through January 6, 2019.

- “Lee Kramer: Mural Studies” can be seen at the Kasmin Gallery in New York City through October 27th.

- “Georgia O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings” may be viewed at the Fralin Museum of Art in Charlottesville, Virginia beginning October 19th through January 27, 2019.



- The Royal Academy of Arts in London, England continues the Renzo Piano exhibit through January 21, 2019.

- “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up” continues at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England through November 4th.

- Atelier des Lumeres, Paris, France will continue its exhibit of “Klimt in Paris” through the month of October.


In closing, the best way to be an artist is to just start creating. You will find your niche if you don’t give up.


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All my artwork may be viewed at: www.thefullcirclestudio.com