How do you define success? Having a lot of money is an obvious answer,
but what about satisfaction in knowing that you absolutely tried your best?
When someone interviewed me recently, she asked how I define success. I
surprised myself a bit when I referred to several material things; perhaps
because they're tangible. But I added that the ability to feel joyful everyday
is a sign of success for me, a statement that is true today as it was back in
college when I only had about $10 extra to spend each week and lived on
noodles and coffee. Money, I realized has little to do with it.
I hope that as an artist, you feel successful when you have taken some time
to dedicate to your art. It could be sketching for practices, painting what you
hope to be a masterpiece, reading about other artists, taking an art class,
browsing an art supply store or visiting a gallery. All of these things will in
some way will push you a step forward, and help the momentum of your
desire to create. In my humble opinion, we're each successful as long as
we don't stop.
While you may not feel inspired to actually paint or draw everyday (although
I hope you do), when you need a little push, one resource you can always
rely on is one of your family of fine art magazines, including American Art
Collector, International Artist, Art of the West, or Watercolor Artist.