This will be my last SharePost as an expert patient for AnxietyConnection. This has nothing to do with my being cured of my anxiety. But I am a full-time abstract artist, and lately it has been hard to keep up with everything. In June I’m going to be in shows at The Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, New York, and Monkdogz Urban Art in New York City. Plus I’ve been getting a lot of activity through my art website.
Today being an artist means that you not only have to make the art, you have to spend a lot of time marketing it unless you want your studio overflowing with unsold paintings. Some artists work at finding galleries, some exhibit in outdoor art fairs, and today, many of us promote our art online.
I made my first website nine years ago, learning how to do it as I went. Today I show over a hundred paintings on Artbylt.com, along with articles and information I’ve written about understanding abstract art and how to select art for your home. The website has to be continually revised, and it takes a lot of savvy (and time) to build an audience.
I have always had the problem of taking on too much in my life, and then have had to cut back. I’m bipolar, and when I’m in my hypomanic state, I get so many ideas and have the energy to carry them all out. A few weeks ago I made a commitment to myself that I would create art every day and write about it as honestly as I could. This project alone is huge. I am in Day 23, though, and feel that it is a commitment I want to keep. You can see this project at my art blog.
I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had here at AnxietyConnection to share my life with you and to read about yours. I hope more of you will use this resource to tell us about your struggles with anxiety, to share your concerns and fears, to offer advice on what’s worked for you, and simply to become part of this community. I know that I plan to be back for visits, and look forward to reading your stories.
Published On: May 14, 2007