How to be a famous artist without quitting your day job, a conversation with Lisa Call

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For most artists, quitting the day job and making art full time is the dream… and it often feels like the only way to make a serious name for yourself in the art world. But renowned textile artist Lisa Call has built an extremely successful arts career while keeping the job, raising children and finding time to share her knowledge with other artists. We'll talk about why she's chosen to keep her job, how she balances her art career with work and family life, how getting organized helps her create and how she sets prices for her work. We'll also take a look at her plans for MakeBigArt – a website and blog to empower artists to think big about their art, their marketing and their lives.

Lisa Call is a visual artist that creates abstract contemporary textile paintings composed of her richly colored hand dyed fabric. Her award winning artwork is exhibited internationally and included in numerous private and public collections. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.

She is also a full time software engineer working currently doing project management work for a large international software company, a single mother to 2 wonderful teenagers and fills her remaining free hours with yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.

Learn More about Lisa Call

  1. Visit
  2. Follow Lisa on Twitter or Facebook
  3. Make Big Art, a resource for artists
  4. Read Lisa's studio blog New Work and Inspiration
  5. Sign up for Lisa's excellent email newsletter.

Further Resources: Purchase Lisa Call's artwork online

  1. South African Impressions
  2. Collectible Art
  3. Artful Home Page
  4. Etsy Shop
  5. CafePress Store

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I'm best known as an artist and designer. Relaxing makes me tense, so I tend to put in a lot of hours on diverse projects.

On the way to a successful art career I've been a poet and writer, a tech geek, a print and web designer, illustrator, industrial designer, musician, teacher, actor, set designer and even a paid guru once.

It's all the same thing in the end— I wake up most days thinking about how I want to change, fix or improve some aspect of the world. And after a couple cups of coffee I get started on it.

My specialty is impossibility remediation: if it can't be done, I'm on it.

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