Creating An Art Legacy

As an artist I have often wonder what my art legacy would look like.  Would my art continue to live on long after I die, or would it die right along with me?  Not really knowing the answer, since I am unable to predict the future, I decided to take matter into my own hands and see if I could create the legacy that I wanted to leave behind.

For an artist, creating art is in a small way like a woman giving birth to a baby.  Some births are definitely easier than others, but each is just as precious as the others.  The same is true with creating art.  Yet, with our babies we take care of them and nurture them as they grow in hopes of giving them a long, happy and prosperous life long after we are gone.  It is that point that makes our babies and our art very different. 

With our art, (unlike with our babies), when we finish a piece of art, we often toss it to the side placing it in a place of storage to never been seen again.  Or it is put up for sale and sold for the artist to never see again.

Over the past several months I have been looking at my own art and trying to figure out a way that I could remedy this situation and prepare my art to live long after I am gone.  I have been working to figure out exactly what I want my art legacy to look like.

What is an art legacy?

The thought of legacy in our minds may be related to death, however it really isn’t about death at all.  In fact, legacy is about life and living.  For the artist, their legacy is about the art they created as well as the life they were living at the time the art was created.  It’s about learning from the past, living in the present and building for the future.  For artist it is about growing as an artist, improving our skills and creativity while building an asset to be passed down to future generations.  Building a legacy is basic to what it is to be human.  Without a sense of working to leave something behind seems to make our lives somehow less important.  As artist we are able to create an amazing legacy if we just take the time to do so.

Why is it important for an artist to archive their art?

As part of creating a viable art legacy, it is important for the artist to first start by archiving their art.  By properly archiving their art, the artist is not only preserving their artwork but they are also properly and accurately documenting their artwork.  It is through this preserving and documenting of the artwork that the artist is creating authenticity and value for future transactions to take place once the artist is gone.

What happens if the artist doesn’t archive their art?

As part of creating a viable art legacy, it is important for the artist to first start by archiving their art.  By properly archiving their art, the artist is not only preserving their artwork but they are also properly and accurately documenting their artwork.  It is through this preserving and documenting of the artwork that the artist is creating authenticity and value for future transactions to take place once the artist is gone.

What happens if the artist doesn’t archive their art?

Granted there are some artist that create art for the simple and sole pleasure of creating art.  However, there are many more artist that create art with the desire of selling their art in order to create a viable income for which they can comfortably live on.  These artists spend years and countless dollars on educating themselves in the ways of selling their art.  Yet, I wonder how many ever stop to think about what will happen to their art, much less do anything about it. 

For the artist that chooses not to archive their art, that task will then go to the person that inherits the art.  At that point the task of archiving the artist art becomes an almost impossible task because there is so much information that only the artist himself/herself knows such as when the piece was created, the story behind creating the piece and in some cases just accurately figuring out the medium in which the piece was created may be impossible for someone else to do.

To put it simply, nobody knows more about a piece of art than the artist that created it.  With that known fact does it not only make sense that each artist should archive their art themselves?

When should an artist start working on their legacy?

As I quickly discovered when I was archiving my art, it is never too early for an artist to start archiving their art.  As a matter of fact, the longer an artist waits to create their art legacy the more arduous the task will be.  Thankfully, but starting the process of archiving all my past art, I now have a system where I can easily add any new future works as soon as they are completed which will enable me to keep my archives consistently current and up to date.

Learn how to create your own art legacy

Upon the completion of archiving my art, I put together a course that I wanted to pass on to other artist that would help them archive their art. 

To learn more about the course, click here.

Recently I was interview by Ronnie Walter where I had the opportunity to talk about my journey as an artist as well as the importance of every artist archiving their art.  To see this interview, click here.

I hope that every artist will take the time to archive their art in order to create their own art legacy.  I know that future generations will thank you for sure!

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