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Being an Artist Hardcover – September, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891344292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891344292
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Very insightful and helpful book.

I picked this up at the library used-book store. The books there are so cheap that I grab anything they have about art. I usually wind up re-donating most of them, but this one was fabulous and is a keeper.

The author interviews 20 professional artists who make their successful living full-time off of their art. These artists are living comfortably, many teach and many have books out. Each artist has about 4 pages dedicated to their story, and a couple of photos of their work. I think the author is a watercolor artist, so many of these artists are also water color artists. Their medium does not matter though, because the path from unknown to professional was different for each one of them and could be applied to anyone.

The author asks questions that I think are very helpful: Could you always draw? Did you go to art school? Were your parents encouraging? How did you finally start selling? How did you get into galleries? If you could do it over again, what would you do differently? What advice would you give to a new artist? The answers are not cut and dry, but lead into insightful stories. I felt like I was right in the room learning along with the author.

Most artists struggled from the start. Not all could draw. Most did not go to art school. Some found art school a waste of time, while others regretted that they dropped out early. Some had other careers before they decided to devote their life to art. Every one of these artists has words of wisdom to pass one. My favorite was "The harder you work, the luckier you get" by Harley Brown.

Even though I paid $1.00 for this book, it was worth the $17.00 of duds that I bought along with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty P on December 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've thoroughly have enjoyed this book! Reading about artist trials and struggles allows me to understand what it takes to be an artist and self employed. The experiences that these artist have shared are very inspiring and thought provoking. If you learn from other peoples experiences this book is a must have for the beginning artist and will also serve as a reminder for those veteran artist. Thank you Lewis for putting this book together, i've personally have enjoyed it every time I pick it up.
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