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


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

Do you have a backyard? Deck? Balcony? Nearby park? Take some of your tools outside and see how working outdoors changes your process or results. Perhaps you’ll be able to work longer because the fresh air invigorates you. Maybe the warm sun will illuminate the colors you’re using in a way that inspires new ideas. The open space could even allow you to tackle larger projects that would be restricted inside.

Also, be sure not to limit yourself to one spot. Shift your position as the sun moves through the sky. Try working by water with plenty of people around one day, then in a private open field the next day. Try creating art in the early morning and then late at night. 


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

Summer is a great time to take advantage of abundant outdoor art festivals. Set up a booth and make some money while getting your name and art in front of the public. Be sure to introduce yourself to the other artists who are participating to widen your network and perhaps make new friends.

If you’re not selling, then still attend art fairs 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

Taking your art for a walk is a great way to get some new perspective. Take smaller, finished pieces and view them in various places. Lean your art against a tree in the park. Prop your art against a old brick building. Hold up your art using the sky as a background image.

Does your piece strike you differently? Does anything occur to you about the piece that you haven’t thought of before. Do you like or dislike the way it looks outside (and why)?


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 during the warmer 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? Instead of crawling your way from one pub to the next, hop from one gallery to another. Really, hopping is much more fun than crawling.

(Images via Desirée O, Pixabay)