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Do you struggle with putting in the focused and hard work required of you as an artist? You aren’t alone! I’ve struggled with carving out the time and maintaining that focused attention to the craft that I love. All artists struggle at some point with staying focused. What has worked for you? How have you been able to push through the difficulty? My guest, Steve DaLuz opens up and shares how he has wrestled with this obstacle in his life. I value Steve’s transparency and honesty and I know that you’ll find it just as refreshing and inspiring as I did.
Misconceptions of the “Art World”
What does it mean to follow the guidelines of the “Art World?” Is that something that you are bound to as an artist? Who are the gatekeepers of the art world? My guest, artist Steve DaLuz discusses with me what it means to be an active participant of the art world. We come to the conclusion that there isn’t some abstract and amorphous art world “out there” somewhere, but that it’s creative individuals like you and me that make up this community of artists. I’d love to hear your thoughts on mine and Steve’s discussion and how you feel about the concept of the art world.
Moving to an “Off Site” Studio
What works best for you as an artist, working from a studio space at home or having an “off site” space that you can use as your creative space? Does it really matter where we end up creating our art? What role does space play in our motivations to create? Artist Steve DaLuz walks through his decision to create an “off site” studio where he can focus on his work away from his home life and all the distractions that can bring about. It was fascinating to hear from Steve as he explained why this separate location really motivated him and spurred on his creative process. I’m excited for you to hear from Steve’s intriguing insights and the unique story that he has to share.
Luck Favors the Prepared
I know, it’s a hot topic among many in the “Art World” but I went there again with my guest Steve DaLuz as we discussed the role of luck and talent in the career of an artist. Steve comes out strong with the opinion that if you are ever going to “make it” as an artist, you need to put in the work and as prepared as possible for that “lucky moment” if it ever arrives. He used the phrase “Luck favors the prepared” and I think that he made a lot of valid points in our discussion. Wherever you land on this topic, if it’s pure luck or if it’s solely based on talent or a combination of the two, I hope you take the time to hear from Steve’s experienced perspective.
Surviving Slings and Arrows
The hard work of an artist not only includes finding the time and space to practice your creative process but it also includes taking your share of ups and downs and surviving the slings and arrows tossed your way. These can be literal roadblocks and difficulties that arise in the form of finances and critics but it can also include your own demons that can trip up your artistic expression. How will you survive the slings and arrows that come your way? Take a moment and hear from Steve DaLuz as he shares his story and how he’s been able to overcome the difficulties that have come his way in his prolific career.
Outline of This Episode
- [2:00] I introduce my guest, Steve Da Luz.
- [4:00] How Steve decided to develop the focus of his work.
- [9:30] Misconceptions of the “Art World.”
- [15:00] Steve talks about his decision to move to an off site studio.
- [19:00] The financial struggle to survive as an artist.
- [22:00] The role of luck and preparedness regarding success as an artist.
- [27:00] Not everyone is going to connect with your work.
- [31:00] Surviving the slings and arrows.
- [37:00] Facing setbacks.
- [42:30] Steve talks about his process and technical aspects of his paintings.
- [58:30] The common thread in Steve’s work.
- [1:02:30] What painting would Steve LOVE to own?
- [1:07:00] Projects that Steve is currently working on.
- [1:11:00] Steve talks about paintings of his that he’ll always keep.
Other artists mentioned on this episode
- Barnett Newman
- Immanuel Kant
- Edmund Burke
- Adam Miller
- Alex Kanevsky
- Andrea Kowch
- Victor Wang
- Jeremy Mann
- Ann Gale
- Alyssa Monks
- Odd Nerdrum
- Alexander Sigov
- Jeremy Lipking
- Steven Assael
- Joel Rea
- Ran Ortner
- Frederic Church