Many of the topics covered on Artist Cafe Utica recently have been from the “Behind the Art” series. In this series, I talk about the issues and topics my characters deal with in my novels. My plans are to keep writing articles like this, but I would love to hear from other artists as well.
There is never any charge to be featured in a “Behind the Art” article. I will be giving you free publicity, and you will be helping me create content for this web site. I consider that a a fair trade. There are a few ways a “Behind the Art” article can be written.
Teach readers about the issues or topics your characters face in your work.
This is what I do when I write articles about internet safety, disability, witchcraft, and other topics Brenda, Heidi, Heather, Quin, Mindy, Joe, and the others in the fictional crowd of local artists face in my novels. Any other Utica area artist is more than welcome to discuss an issue that moves their work forward as well.
Tell stories from the process of creating your latest work.
Bands might want to tell a story from a recent tour or series of local performances. If something funny, moving, scary, or important happened during a recording session, share your story. Poets, novelists, and painters might want to talk about something interesting that occurred during the creation of their latest work.
Stories can be as general or as personal as you wish. I will never force you to reveal anything private, and you will be given the opportunity to approve anything written for the “Behind the Art” series before it is published on the site.
Talk about something that goes into making your art.
Guitar players might want to discuss their favorite guitar, or give advice on choosing a guitar. Poets, novelists, graphic designers, and others whose work depends heavily on their computer might want to talk about using computers in art. Sculptors may wish to discuss sculpting tools and how to use them. Any item or process that helps your create your art can be discussed on “Behind the Art.”
Provide insight into your arts related side job or second career.
Artists whose side job is related to the arts, or who have a second career in something that drives their art, are more than welcome to discuss that work on “Behind the Art.” Do you perform and/or write your own music, and teach music or music appreciation to others? Are you a painter and an employee at an art gallery? Are you a novelist or poet and an English teacher or translator/interpreter? These would all be great topics for “Behind the Art,” and free publicity for any galleries, businesses, or programs you may be involved in.
Those who work outside the arts, but use their work to fuel their art practice are also welcome to participate in this series.
My only request is that we keep all material safe for work. I do not believe in censorship, and I am not shocked by much. I just want us to keep in mind that many of our fellow artists may read Artist Cafe during breaks at day jobs. The purpose behind Artist Cafe is to support, encourage, and entertain local artists, not get them fired from the day jobs they depend on to pay their bills.