A Day in the Life of a Fine Art Artist: Discipline and Pursuing Passion
Updated: Mar 30
I received a question about what a typical day looks like for an artist and I thought I'd cover a few points in this post. As a fine artist (drawings and paintings for me), every day is different, and there's no typical schedule really. That said, there are some aspects that are common to most artists' routines.
Here's a glimpse into a day in the life of an artist:
The day usually begins early in the morning. I love starting work before the distractions of the day begin to knock on my door and I often feel inspired by the light and sounds of the new day. Others may find that they are most productive later in the day or even at night. Regardless of the time, the first step for many artists is to warm up by sketching or experimenting with materials. This can help them get into the flow of creativity and set the tone for the day.
Next, many artists will spend time in their studio, working on a current project or starting something new. This could involve painting, drawing, sculpting, or any other medium that the artist works in. Many artists prefer to work in solitude, while others may collaborate with other artists or work in a shared studio space. I may spend several hours on a piece or work in shorter bursts, taking breaks in between to rest my eyes and recharge.
After the work is done for the day, I may spend time marketing my art. This could involve updating my website or social media pages with new work, responding to inquiries from potential buyers, or working on press releases and other marketing materials. Many artists also spend time networking with other artists, galleries, and curators to build professional connections.
Of course, the life of an artist is not all work and no play. Many artists make time for hobbies and other interests outside of their art practice, as this can help keep them balanced and inspired. I love going for walks in nature, reading books, or attending cultural events such as concerts and exhibitions.
I'd say the life of an artist is full of variety and creativity. While there is no one-size-fits-all routine for every artist, the day typically involves a balance of working in the studio, spending time marketing my work, and taking time to recharge and pursue other interests. By staying disciplined and inspired, we artists can hopefully create work that brings joy and inspiration to the world.