There are plenty of artists making a living by creating art. Let’s define “art” narrowly here: painting, pottery, handmade jewelry, fiber arts, woodworking, sculpture, etc. The basic stuff you’d see at a craft show.
They typically have several outlets for their work, and through the combination, they make their living:
- personal studio space where they create work, which may also have a show space (or a separate show space)
- craft shows, previously all in-person, now some virtual
- Etsy store
Fundamentally, artists love making art. The business side is what they do to support their work.
I’ve realized I’m an artist too. I create courses. I create lots and lots of courses. I put them out in the world in many ways:
- higher education via Harvard Extension
- commercial video courses at LinkedIn Learning, Frontend Masters
- conference talks and workshops
But although I have a “home studio” where I create content, I don’t have a “show space” of any kind. For artists, that’s usually where they start.
Maybe it’s time to fix that.