The “Not Ice Bucket” Challenge

Again, thanks for your great questions and comments on the previous blog posts. Your input is invaluable as we put together materials designed to help you achieve your goals and dreams in the art world.

Now, we have some questions for you!


Where do you want to go with your art career?

Just as no two artists are alike, no two artists will have the same vision for their art business. What may work for one may be totally wrong for anothr. There are so many avenues a career in the arts can take. How do you decide what’s right for you, and that will be a great fit for your personality, your energy level, your abilities, and your self-image?

In the U.S., Labor Day weekend starts Friday. I would like to challenge you to do an activity within the next few days. Maybe this Sunday, or on the holiday itself. (Seems like a legit day to really think about your art business, right?)

The “Not Ice Bucket” Challenge

For the past few weeks, the internet has been awash with videos of people creatively getting doused with buckets of ice water to raise awareness for the terrible disease, ALS.  The amazing viral campaign has captured the attention of millions of people and celebrities world-wide. An astronomical amount of videos have been posted, and last I heard had raised over $70,000,000 for the cause.

Some videos took several hours to plan, execute and post. All for a good cause.

Now, I’m calling you out for the Art Success Challenge! 🙂

Grab a notebook and go someplace beautiful and quiet this weekend. Take some time to reflect on the progress you’ve made with your art so far in 2014. Celebrate your successes and examine where your journey has taken you. 

Here are some questions to consider and answer:

  • How many pieces have you created so far this year?
  • On average, how much time do you spend each week actually creating your art?
  • How much time do you estimate you spend preparing to create–ordering your materials, organizing your work place, looking for subject matter and ideas, etc.
  • What shows have you entered this year?
  • What are your gross art sales so far this year? (Total amount received for selling your work, not counting any expenses.)
  • Which have been your best venues for showing your art?
  • How many artworks do you currently have on hand, ready to sell?

These questions should give you a quick snapshot of where you currently are this year.

Now, let’s do some dreaming. Where would you like to be in five years? What is your “Ideal Scene?” If everything could go perfectly and you knew you couldn’t fail, what would your life look like in the following areas five years from now?

  • Your spirituality
  • Your physical and mental health
  • Your relationships with family, friends, and business associates
  • Your “day” job
  • Your art endeavors
  • Your finances

Write it all down. Let your imagination soar. Don’t be afraid to write down what you really, really want–no one will see it but you.

Plan to have your notebook with you when you attend the upcoming “Insider Secrets of a Successful Art Career” workshop on Saturday, September 6, 2014. You’ll need the info to be able to determine if you are in Phase I, II or III of your art career. And you’ll need it to program your “Artistic GPS” that we’ll discuss during the class.

Knowing where you currently are and where you want to go will put you on the road to artistic success!

Do you accept the “Art Success Challenge?” Let us know in the comments below.

Tell us which day you’ll complete the challenge and where you plan to go to do it! (Example: “I accept the Art Success Challenge. I plan to complete it on my favorite beach  Saturday afternoon.”)

And feel free to challenge your other artist friends to do the same! We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you’ll join us for the upcoming “Insider Secrets” workshop!

P.S. Registration for “Insider Secrets to a Successful Art Career” is now open!

To get more details on the workshop and to register, please click HERE now! 

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. I’m printing out the questions, I just registered for the webinar, and I will be rearing to go on the 6th! I shall complete the challenge Monday afternoon at a local park underneath a tree, or at my local beach.

  2. I accept your challenge to be completed on Monday, Elaine, and already signed up for the Insider Secrets workshop. Can’t wait to hear what you have to impart in the workshop but also after taking the challenge, what Phase I am in now. Being an artist over the last 5 years has been a challenge in itself with the economy and the way artists have to sell themselves and their work. So what is one more challenge in the scheme of things?

  3. I will complete this sometime over this holiday weekend, probably in my studio–I’ve been meaning to do this anyway. I will join you for the workshop–just have to get some $ from somewhere first!

  4. I love a challenge, specially one that is good for me and in my best interest! I live at the beach and finding a quiet spot is a bit challenging on this holiday weekend. I will check the secret spots and get myself to there on Saturday afternoon to complete this challenge. Thanks!

  5. Great idea–thank you! Am printing questions to put with my journal–plan to work on it Monday afternoon (after all visitors have departed) in my favorite chair overlooking the Pacific…

  6. I accept the challenge! Most likely, I will sit in my air conditioned house surrounded by my sculptures and honestly answer these questions. Looking forward to the workshop!! Katty

  7. Well…yeah I’m going to do it. We’ve had an awful lot of rain, so it’s soggy outside. I’ll likely sit in my living room on an over-sized chair when nobody is here and write over a cup of Wissotsky English Tea…the most exquisite English tea I’ve ever had. I save it for special occasions.

  8. I’m up for the challenge! I really appreciate what Xanadu is doing to assist artists in being successful. Sunday I’ll be sitting on my deck, my favorite place in the world, over looking my beautiful gardens and listening to the birds sing while doing this exercise.

  9. I’ll get it done. Working all weekend, ironically, but the weather’s probably going to be pretty bad anyway. Deadline looming. But hey, at least I’m getting artwork done. 🙂

  10. Expect to do it Monday late afternoon on a beach close to my home. With questions printed out, inventory in hand, and notebook in lap. Reward will be a nice little dinner prepared ahead. 😉

  11. So…the hour of truth has finally caught up with me!

    Since this challenge is also vital for the optimal benefit of the class (as I read it), I will say Yes! Will probably do it at home either before or after studio time.

  12. I also love a challenge. I have completed it in my favorite chair looking into the backyard, patio and pool. Today is 100 + humidity, so sitting at the patio doors, being inside in AC, is the only way to think straight. Oh, I just thought, I should get into the pool, float and write. Actually, just watching the blue water moving about as the wind blows and the sun beams bouncing off the water there is no better place….and the refrig. is just steps away.
    Thanks Elaine, ready for the seminar.

  13. Yes…a not so easy challenge. I got teary eyed when you described “being born to be an artist”. Someone understands. I am intense and reserved; but with flashing exhuberance when talking/doing art. Do others sometimes become ‘attached’ to some particular piece of their work? (i.e. It is my ‘baby’!) Strange, I suppose?

  14. I’m registered for the workshop, have printed off the questions, I accept the challenge and will be working on these questions today in the studio, my place of peace and solitude.
    Thanks, for offering your assistance to artists with this workshop. I know it will be informative and helpful in all of our careers. Who knows, I might get to witness one day, Welcome to Xanadu Gallery’s, Open House and ‘Artist Reception’ for wildlife painter, Mike Palmer

  15. Yes, I accept. Not sure when I’ll have this space open up to do this – but if my intention is there, it will happen soon. for sure. Thank you for offering the challenge, Elaine.

  16. I didn’t read this blog post until this morning… I am already signed up for the workshop and I took some time this morning to finish the challenge. I didn’t go anywhere special, but my husband and kids are gone for the day, so how much more peaceful can I get… It has been a pleasant morning and I am looking forward to the workshop in a little over an hour.

  17. I know this was a couple of weeks ago, but I DO accept your challenge and I plan to go to the balcony overlooking the bay at a local library on the top floor. I’ll have my notes with me and can quietly sit and look out over the bay while I write down my plans. Thnk you.

  18. I did accept the challenge even though I am finally able to answer the questions 1 week past the webinar with down time. The broadcast interrupted several times so I had to restart and missed bits, I will revisit this as well. Thank you Elaine

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