How Not to Quit (for artists)

This is straight out of one of my favorite books, Art & Fear.


a. Make friends with others who make art, and share your in-progress work with each other frequently.

b. Learn to think of [A], rather than the Museum of Modern Art, as the destination of your work.

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of carving out the time, space, and a small group of people to share work-in-progress with. I want to add to that the importance of a shift in mindset implied in point B above. This shift asks you to transition away from thinking of publishing or exhibiting as the destination for your work. That is often a world of rejection and it can cause you to quit. Instead, shift your mindset so that you think of your small group as the destination of your work. The built-in accountability and feedback that comes from this group will act as fuel to keep you going. Even if you’re the type to get a lot of likes on the work you post on instagram, I’d argue that adding this small group to your practice will give you richer and more meaningful feedback than likes from the crowd.