Friday, October 28, 2011
Everybody Loves A Starving Artist
So, a plumber and contractor I became. And I did it for about 25 years solid, with very little art mixed in with it. It was good, and then art called me back and I answered the call.
I'm not quite sure which side of my brain I used while having my own contracting business. Left, right, both sides, what does it matter? What is important is that I was able to 'stick with it'. Putting my head down and just getting the job done. Good lessons that I've been able to apply to my current art career. And listen, those of you who refuse to be thinking creatively? Please, step aside and let me move forward. Artists HAVE REAL JOBS. Really. In fact, sometimes I think my job is harder because I have to make something up that didn't exist every single time I start a new artwork. The above is an example of that. I worked on this yesterday because I'm trying to fulfill a themed group show at a gallery. "After Dark" is the theme. This is "2 Monkey Night". It's an Ampersand Art scratchbord. I hope the gallery likes it and I can sell it. That's my reality. Not only do I have to make stuff up and execute it well, I have to market it and hope someone likes it enough to buy it. All in a days work for an artist.
Now granted, there are many artists who do fill those stereotypes quite well. But, there are also a lot of plumbers, lawyers, doctors and every other profession who fit it too. So please, understand when I roll my eyes, or appear less than appreciative of your assessment of my chosen vocation. You just have no idea.