The Lazy Artist
The Lazy ArtistPart Time Painter
by Nicole Cadet
I know that purchasing more hours in the day is not really achievable, nor is getting rid of the day job, but to coin a phrase my boss uses all the time -- we want to work smarter, not harder! This is where learning to be a 'lazy' person can help you get more stuff done (like painting!), and in less time. Here are some ideas to help you become a 'lazy artist' and increase your time for painting!
Anything that you can set up in five minutes, and that takes less than a click to cancel is great. You can:
As I have my computer on a lot, I try to schedule the tasks for when I'm not likely to be working so that these processes don't interrupt my flow.
Create a digital Personal Assistant with free online tools
Why remember stuff when you can set up a reminder? The less you have to remember, the more free space in your brain for other important things. Well that’s the theory anyway!
Set up reminders for:
There are loads of on (line tools to help you manage your time such as:
Why reinvent the wheel - Alternatives to a website
If you don't have time to develop your own website, or are finding it difficult to get around to updating your html & FTP'ing it to a server, then maybe you could use an online gallery for updates with a link from your main page or profile to the gallery.
Some Online galleries you might like to look at are:
DeviantArt -- http://www.deviantart.com/
Elfwood -- http://www.elfwood.com/
Epilogue -- http://www.epilogue.net/
GFXArt -- http://www.gfxart.com/
Artwanted -- http://www.artwanted.com/
Fantastic Portfolios -- http://www.fantasticportfolios.com/
Another alternative to online galleries is to redirect your website to a blog. Some blogs are capable of hosting content such as images and videos. The benefit of using a blog is that they are quick to update, many have very simple interfaces, are very customizable and are free. Of course they aren't websites, and so don't have things like storefronts, but you can link to places where you can sell.
For an overview of some of the blogging software available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog_software
And if you are really pressed for time, try microblogging where you are limited to about 150 words. It's quick and easy and many of the microblogs have widgets for syndicating content. Examples of these include Twitter (http://www.twitter.com), though many places such as Facebook and MySpace have similar tools known as Status Updates.
Let someone else sell your stuff
Another way to save on time is to stop doing the manufacturing of prints yourself and get someone else to do this. You may like to explore services such as Zazzle, Cafe Press & Deviant Art Prints, or consider licensing your images for manufacturing. The main downside to this is that you have no control over quality, and your profits may be fairly slim. But it does mean all that time you spend making things could be spent on painting.
Being a 'lazy artist' is not about taking shortcuts, it's about prioritizing and working out what you want to spend your precious time on. And the more time you have to paint, the better!
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