5 Ways to Stimulate Your Art (and Art Business) This Summer


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Summer is a great time to seize the day and enjoy every moment of the beautiful weather and that doesn’t need to end when it comes to working on your art.

Here are 5 ways that you can stimulate your art (and your art business) this summer:

1. Move Your Studio Outside

artist outsideDo you have a backyard? Deck? Balcony? Nearby park? Take some of your tools outside and see how working outdoors changes your process or results. If nothing changes in your art, at least you get to enjoy the warmer weather while you work.

2. Attend (or Sell at) an Outdoor Art Festival

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the abundant outdoor art festivals across the country. Set up a booth and make some money while getting your name into the public. If you’re not selling, then still attend to support other artists and while you’re there, network, look for future inspiration, and perhaps even buy some of your peers’ work.

3. Take Your Art for a Walk

potter outsideWhether you actually want to tote your work around with you when you venture out or not, taking your art for a walk is a great way to get some new perspective. Take smaller pieces and view them in the park, downtown, or near a building – does it strike you differently outside? When you wander around, does anything new occur to you or inspire you? Walk your art around, whether literally or figuratively, and see where you end up.

4. Use Nature in Your Work

Nature is incredibly giving in the summer – from fruits and veggies, to flowers and trees, everything seems abundant and flourishing in the summer months. Use this to your advantage by utilizing nature in your work. Either let its beauty inspire your subjects or use actual bits of nature itself in your work – leaves and petals, grass and sand. The possibilities of nature’s materials are endless.

5. Go on a Gallery Hop

Summer is the perfect time to spend a day jumping from one gallery to another to see what each is offering and what’s buzzing around town. Have you ever been on a pub crawl? Well, no need to make your way on your hands and knees between venues. Hopping is much more fun!

Do you do anything different during the summer to help stimulate you art / business? Let us know in the comments below!

* Images by: Neil GouldMichele LCollwyn Cleveland.