Business Class

August 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm (Business story) (, , , , , , , )

So I signed up for a business class with Mercy Corps. NW. My lack of business skillz has become apparent to me over the years and I figure that since I’m not going to stop being an artist, then I’d damn well better become a business person as well.

The ideal of the artist who is utterly unconcerned with money and business died with the patronage system, if it ever existed at all. Unless they were nutters like me who just couldn’t stop making art, but didn’t have the access to resources to learn about how to make the obsession work for them. I haven’t yet had to choose between art and food, so I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I’d like to avoid that personal discovery. That’s why I’m taking the class. 🙂

First class in and I’m already getting insights. I’ve realized that I’ve been barking up the wrong tree for a few months. The henna pattern design stuff is fun and simple to make, but its not really where my passion is, and its not really where I want my work to go. I don’t love it like I have my fossil work and my sea critters. I have plenty of it so I don’t have to make any for a long while, if ever again, so I suppose that’s good. But still, more sea critters and fossil work.

I’m still going to do the Naga, but that’s going to be a blowing off steam kinda’ thing. They’re more personally satisfying than the henna patterns ever were.


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