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Thank you so much for sharing this. I am yet again stuck with my whole art career (too long to go into). This has made me stop and think. And also reminded me that I need to create for me. Thank you.

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Nov 14, 2023Liked by Angela Agosto

Fantastic piece! It seems to have lifted a heavy burden from my shoulders. The only thing I could add is that, for me, it's thanks to all my trials and errors in life that I am where I am today. So I don't regret anything even if I could easily say it was such a waste of time! Thank you.

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Thanks for sharing 🤗

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This comes at a very helpful juncture for me. Thank you for dedicating the time to sharing your careful thoughts and guidance. I think I’ll print and save this for a reminder when i get discouraged. As someone who only started seriously pursuing my art late in life - how to best use my time is always on my mind. Thank you!

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Thanks for sharing. So many of those thoughts I can recall thinking about. Especially the one about creating my perfect client. Especially now that I'm almost 91 years old. Just a few more days (24th).

I'm lucky if I can still get up out of bed. OK, so I'm doing ok to this date.

From here on it is mostly memories, many, many, memories. Thankfully, I can still remember them for the most part anyway. Thanks for bringing these all back to me.

Ernie Kleven

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You are right on the "money!" And, yes, there's no manual that fits everyone. Success is different for everyone. Success for me is 1. becoming a better artist, then 2. converting canvas-to-cash. You become a starving artist without them.

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Thank you soo much for sharing your real world wisdom. I’m approaching my 4-year anniversary as an oil painter. Have had a couple of commissions, juried in at two different local galleries CFE and sold a couple of paintings that were part of local fundraisers. Put together a website with FASO of course. Am at a turning point in my painting direction. I just want to paint! My must paint folder keeps frowning. I only paint what moves me, what I love and not afraid of color!!

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Hi Debra,

Reading this was like reading about my own journey to a large extent. You write very well, in addition to painting beautifully. I also watched your video where you explain the allegorical meaning for each portrait of bank presidents. Fascinating stuff! For myself, I painted in watercolor for 20 years before I discovered soft pastels. Now I work in both, sometimes in the same painting. I love it; pastels unlocked a new door for me. Selling my art has always been hit or miss. Just six months ago I finally placed some paintings in a gallery on Maui. Woohee! Through the years, I’ve wrangled with promoting my art in lots of different ways...now I just hang out in my backyard studio and paint and draw. It’s where I feel truly free to create and be myself.

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Thanks so much for your excellent insights. Many very good points to think about and remember.

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Smart, useful piece enhanced by terrific writing. Thanks for this, I plan to share it with my local arts community because one of my art pals and I were talking about these issues earlier today, viz., knowing audience.

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Thanks for this. Nice to know I’m not alone in my thoughts.

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Debra,

I thought somehow in reading this, I must have written it in my sleep!

Thank you for putting into words my very similar journey. I love that’s it’s a journey not a destination but I’m on the right track now.

Cheers!

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