We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Perman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patricia, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
There are a few… but the one that really helped me expand and build on my Art Business, is my daily art practice. Even if you think you know it all or you got your style down – keep developing your craft. Daily! I sit down for at least an hour or two a day, sketch in my art journal (no rules, no judging – just do it), try new color combinations, take a class, hang the canvas upside down… change things up and see what happens. There are frustrating moments for sure when things don’t go as planned but most of the time (if you keep on pushing) you end up with something new… something you didn’t know you could create. And that gives me confidence. Another very important habit is my daily morning walk – it just sets me up right for my day ahead. Being outside, fresh air, light exercise… I can reflect on my art, my family, my life. I think about what art I want to work on, who I need to connect with, my website updates, what materials to use… all that good stuff that otherwise gets lost in a busy day. Reflection is important – you got to learn to judge your own art and the reasons behind it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Creating keeps me going. I had my ups and downs, creatively and professionally. That’s why habits are important – you know you got to sit down (every day) and put down some work, even if it’s just a quick sketch. That’s it. And that action creates emotion and good things always happen from there. The professional part of being an Artist can be tougher – at least for me. Maintaining Social Media, marketing yourself, working on commissions, finding new opportunities – I often procrastinate and work best with a deadline. So, I am still figuring this one out. I know I need to own it, be hands on – so I can represent myself the way I want to be portraited.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Good question! I moved from Germany to LA over 20 years ago, so I was a Tourist at one point myself. All right, we’ll start with an early morning beach walk along the Strand in Manhattan Beach, have breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. Then we head Downtown to the Arts District. We check out the cool murals, take some selfies, fuel up with coffee from Pie Hole or power up with a German lunch at Wurstkuche. From there we visit The Broad Museum as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art (both are always a winner!). For drinks we’ll visit Bar Ama for Super Nacho Hour or Brokern Spanish. On the weekend I’ll either take you to Zuma Beach for some tanning (yes, Germans love to tan!) or to Palm Springs where we would stay at the Ace Hotel, visit the Elena Bulatova Gallery and have drinks at Bootlegger Tiki.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
You know it takes a village…Encouragement comes from good books like ‘The One Thing’ (Gary Keller), ‘Show your Work’ (Austin Kleon) and ‘You are a Badass’ (Jen Sincero). But I also love good podcasts that are geared towards Artists like ‘The Left Brain Artist’ (so many good nuggets in each interview) or for entrepreneurs like ‘Impact Theory’ and ‘Creative Live’. And let’s not forget the Netflix documentary series ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ which you can watch many times! But my most important supporter is my husband George – he challenges me, encourages me, and supports my daily art practice. So shoutout to you, my love 😊 Thank you very much!