Women Artists Observation Notes
I been thinking about women artists and why women in general handicap themselves in career. This post will probably anger a lot of women artists but it is my blog and I have the right to muse about the way of the world.
I have observed that most of the truly successful women artists are either single or highly independent in their partnerships and marriages.
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Most of the women artists I know, put off their own career needs to assist husbands’ businesses or career moves. When husband retires, wife retires too because he doesn’t want to give up travel or retirement dreams. In reality, no artist needs ever to retire as long as they are well enough to paint. Many women artists miss career opportunities to care for children’s needs and I mean grown children.
I attended a picnic event with another artist once. I knew no one save the artist who brought me. I sat at a table observing the crowd. The men and women separated by gender. The women talked about children, grandchildren, shopping, hair salons, celebrities and other women. The men talked about world, national and local news and politics, the stock market, finance, real estate and sports. I struck me powerfully that men still dominate the world for a reason.
I was chastised several times by women who join women artists associations, because I do not join in or participate in these groups. I see no need for them. I don’t need to be known as a woman artist. I am a painter, no gender bias needed.
I raised two daughters alone. I worked by day as a chef and by night and weekends as a painter for 13 years. I cleaned houses, cooked for restaurants and worked as a caterer during the hard years of their childhood, but I never gave up my art. As a grandmother now, I set limits on visitation, though I love my grandson so much. My job after all the years of sacrifice, is to be in business for myself and to be a painter. It is all I ever aspired to. My dream has come true.
I fully admit that I do not play well in the sand box and have no interest in sacrificing my time and dreams to assist someone else’s career, childcare, or retirement. Contrary to popular belief, women cannot have it all, but they can have their share if they are willing to work hard and set limits to others. My daughters well know that my career was hard won and I’m not about to give it up to convenience their wants. I help them in many ways, including financial when needed, and a monthly fun night with my grandson, but they understand the limits to my time. I worked hard for my time and it is precious to me.
Women artists need to treat their job as a job, if they ever expect to be successful. Putting their job on the back burner for others is altruistic but not realistic if they plan to be truly successful.
My advice for women artists is:
Set limits for others
Value your time as an important resource
Set a schedule for painting, marketing and business each day
Study painting, marketing, computer skills
Don’t hide from business requirements. If you are unwilling to learn and do business, hire someone to do it for you but it must be done.
Be professional in your dealings with collectors and other artists.
Work at least 40 hours a week at being a professional artist.
There are many more skills needed but if you cannot do the above, enjoy being a hobby artist and don’t worry about making a living from art.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…
I saw this recipe for pie crust on Facebook. It looks great!
1 sheet of puff pastry
Cinnamon mixed with sugar
Place pastry on waxed paper. Sprinkle pastry with cinnamon sugar. Roll pastry, long side up into a roll, like a cinnamon roll. Slice in thin slices. Place slices in a circle on another piece of wax paper and top with a piece of waxed paper. Roll it out with a rolling pen until it is thin like pie crust. It is so pretty. Use two to make a pie, or use it for strudel.