Time to Pivot: How COVID-19 Blew Up my Year and Forced Me to Grow as an Artist
A look at how COVID-19 blew up my year and forced me to grow as an artist.
Life of an Artist | Competition vs. Comparison (and Robbing Yourself of Joy)
A blog post, by Chicago artist Tracey Capone, about comparing ourselves to other artists and how it robs us of the joy of our own achievements.
Life of an Artist | Pause and Redirect
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso I have been avoiding this blog like the Plague because I wasn’t happy with the direction it was going in. I didn’t want it to be just another photography blog where I throw a bunch of my photographs out there, tell you the motivation behind them and then move on to the next post. While there is nothing wrong with that, there are so many photography blogs out there already and, honestly, my interests and passions as an artist go well beyond photography. Recently, I rebranded from Tracey…
The Art of the Festival (Introduction: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive, the Art Festival Scene)
Lugging everything to the location for hours of setup: your tent, your display gear, the work. Here in Chicago, this typically happens in hot and humid weather, with the chaos of everyone else setting up at the same time, plus the noise of the city, so you’re a sticky, sweaty ball of confusion and exhaustion. If you’re lucky, you get to set up the night before, go home, catch some shuteye and start fresh in the morning. (if you weren’t there until 1 am…) If not, you’re up at 4 am, hoping to get as early a start as possible so that the tent is all set up in…
lotus flowers (the dark days in the life of an artist and learning from the lotus)
There are days, in the life of an artist, where frustration leads to questioning every decision. If we can embrace the struggle, and learn from the lotus flower, who blooms more beautifully from the deepest and darkest places, we can make that struggle worth something.