Something light today.
How to feel miserable as a artist (or what not to do)
- Constantly compare yourself to other artists.
- Talk to your family about what you do ad expect them to cheer you on.
- Base your success of you entire career on one project.
- Stick with what you know.
- Undervalue your expertise.
- Let money dictate what you do.
- Bow to societal pressures.
- Only do work that your family would love.
- Set unachievable overwhelming goals to be accomplished by tomorrow.
How to feel fulfilled as an artist (or how to get over your self sabotage)
- Never compare yourself to other artists.
- Know that your family is biased. Whether for or against, their views are skewed and do not represent an accurate reflection of your work in the world.
- Base on your success on how your art has enriched your life and how you feel when you created it.
- Constantly push yourself to expand and learn.
- Know that art can never be measured in dollars and will only ever appreciate in value.
- Trust that when you are making the world more beautiful, there is always enough honest work is not a compromise if it supports the creation of art.
- Remember it is the job of the artist to create new culture, not simply to regurgitate what exists.
- Never expect your family to understand your art, but do your best to educate them about it, patiently.
- Remember what Dhali said: "have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it".
I've learned so much from my mistakes, I'm thinking of making a few more.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso
I don't have much guts to even try portraiture. However I do love portraits that are well done, especially those of Mary Whyte - like this one.
Do you have any good quotes to share?