Here are a few books I wanted to share that I am reading at the moment.
THE COMPLETE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron; Creativity as a Spiritual Practice. 3 in 1 volume; The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water.
-What a wonderful book, I can not say enough about the truths I completely relate to and agree with in this book; a great tool for anyone looking for a fulfilling creative career, and life. Reaffirms many of my beliefs and thoughts. There are step by step instructions and great techniques to further our inner artist and self. Encouraging and very helpful.
THE ARTIST'S GUIDE by Jackie Battenfield; How To Make A Living Doing What You Love.
WHEREVER YOU GO THERE YOU ARE by Jon Kabat-Zinn
HOW TO MAKE MONEY AS AN ARTIST by Sean Moore
BUSINESS LETTERS FOR ARTISTS by M. Stephen Doherty
INTENTIONS + GOALS
THE ART OF ENCAUSTICS by Joanne Mattera
-I love everything about encaustics, and I feel it would be the best medium for me to express myself. With the kind of work I do it would be so right... but (I hate the 'but'), I just do not have the space, or money to really delve into it right now.
And a huge stack of magazines for color, idea and inspiration porn!
So looking at the list its quite obvious I am trying to get as much info as I can about the business aspect of being an artist; when I am truly interested and determined about something I study the heck out of it, research and keep my mind open. Usually this is all of the time for me as my brain seems to never let up and is constantly curious and fascinated about anything. Yes, I find it hard to sleep at night; but I'm down to 1 Ativan and half an Imovane!!! and sleepy teas, although be careful as some will make your tummy upset... gurgle... not fun.
I want to start writing in my journal again; I used to be obsessed and have stacks of them stored away but now I hardly visit lined paper.
I will post my process, practice, ups and downs, trial and error progress in regards to being a self sustaining artist; although I'm not really there yet, I still come up losing (only money as I've gained more than I can say in terms of life experience and the self as an artist). BUT, maybe sharing my experiences could help someone else out or make them feel less alone, etc. It is a lot of hard work, but worth it.
Will write again soon.