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I happened to come across this article and thought that the ‘rules’ could apply equally to writers or any other artistic pursuit. Mark Gould is an artist, graphic designer, writer and photographer living in San Francisco, California. You can check out his beautiful paintings on http://www.markgould.net
If you didn’t happen to get a copy (digital issues of Acrylic Artist are still available in NorthLightShop.com), then you may have missed the work of Mark Gould. I was browsing through an issue recently, and his acrylic landscapes once again caught my eye, such as his painting My Neighbor’s House 816 (above; acrylic on panel, 24×36). In this feature article, Mark shares his philosophy for professional creatives that I thought was worth passing along here
Mark Gould’s 10 Rules for Being a Professional Artist
1. Creative efforts take priority over other activities whenever possible.
2. Simplify all aspects of life in order to think and act creatively.
3. Ensure the creative process is always challenging and enjoyable; always balance a risk of failure with the potential for success in
order to keep efforts honest and engaging.
4. Be the eternal student, always willing to learn.
5. Welcome other opinions-good, bad or indifferent-but never relinquish final judgment to another.
6. Seek out people who are positive in their approach to the creative process and welcome their
constructive critique. Avoid negative people and their attitudes, even when
personal sacrifice is required.
7. Think before committing time, money or other resources to any future aspect of the creative endeavor. Be certain that both feeling and logic regarding the decision are sound.
8. Release to the public only those works that are fully “competent and satisfactory,” those that
are properly executed with a high degree of creativity.
9. Never become problematic for any gallery or collector. Be sincere and forthright in all
gallery dealings. Require absolute honesty in return.
10. Be truthful and self-aware in regard to your creative efforts. Only then can artistic vision be
trusted and improved.