March 14, 2021

Why keep making Art if no one is buying?

Towards the end of my Father’s life, he lost his momentum to make his Art.

I remember when he asked me, “Why keep making art if no one is buying?”

It is a common question I hear other artists ask, but I never thought I would hear my Father, an artist who taught me everything I know about keeping momentum in my art practice, ask.

At first blush, it is a debilitating thought.

Nested within the question, is a feeling of collapse.

Maybe it is just better to throw in the towel and stop.

Maybe I am wasting my time. This question, if left unanswered, can erode your art practice and the vital energy needed to maintain it.

We need to move, once again, from the external to the internal worlds of our artmaking.

It is here where true progress, buoyancy, and inspiration are cultivated.

Here are three positive reframes that can help you move on to more important, meaningful questions regarding your Art.

These ideas came out of one of the last conversations with my Father I had about his artmaking.

I think, even though he posed the question, he knew the answer.

How do you move forward despite lagging sales?

Let us know in the comments.

I hope your day in the studio is sunny and bright.

Nicholas

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Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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