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I'm constantly being underestimated–you too?

I talk to friends/colleges, family sometimes, I see that maybe they don't think so highly of my potential. That doesn't bother me, I don't see theirs either. No matter how much someone tells you they have this going for them because they're gonna do that... well, let's see it–if they can make things happen, that's great, they're doin' it, otherwise let's see some proof of your potential, and I guess that's when the investors come around, the patrons, the art lovers, when you make it happen and give them the flash.

It's like you can't just tell someone that you already know what they're talking about, you can't just tell someone that you can do it. I've been told that one–"I can do it"–plenty o' times, only to be let down, not everyone can for various reasons–we all have various reasons.

And then there's the afterglow–accomplish something that beats the odds (?) and... reaction (?)... maybe nothing, but if there is anything, you expected too much so you're let down. So I've found that putting in the time is necessary and never expecting anyone to notice is required, so that when it does happen, there's the proof.

Proving it–that's the art.

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Comment by mike hinc on September 11, 2008 at 13:55
Comment by mike hinc on September 8, 2008 at 14:54
Oh dearie me......'bye 'bye.
Comment by mike hinc on September 8, 2008 at 13:49
Ekaterina - don't let my cynicism destroy your idealism. It will do that to itself in the fullness of time. Therein, I suspect lies realism. If people want to buy your work - let them. If you respect the people buying - it's a bonus.
People buy work for a whole range of reasons - and who are we to judge?
Comment by mike hinc on September 8, 2008 at 13:34
It's a good point JP. If you ever really want to get straight up a non artists nose - both nostrils - just start explaining what you like about art. Works for me every time. Works with some artists too!

I'm not sure that artists are any less shallow than anyone else - possibly they are just better at expressing it. Personally I always claim to be ''deeply shallow all the way down'' - which claim in itself, if not a meme about a meme, certainly makes my point for me!
Comment by John Patrick Kelly on September 8, 2008 at 13:26
My art was born with me and I have always done it. I made my own toys, dolls, and then when I was about ten, I became obsessed with painting black and white cows. Being an artist is not a choice, just like sexuality, it is something that is in you forever and you can never just stop or change it. You can quit painting or whatever your media choice is, but your eyes and your mind constantly are doing the work. I get misinterpreted a lot, but have learned that it does not matter. The misinterpreteur generally does not know a thing about what they are speaking of. Sometimes I think non artists are very envious of artists because they can not do what we do and we, being the kind of being we are, can pretty much do anything those other people can do and sometimes even better. It just depends on how badly we need the job to support our true work...I have been a bar tender, a sugar sculptor in an erotic bakery, a television camera man, a ranch hand....I could go on with all the things I have had to make my living with, but it is the expression and creation of my art that is my real work and I even get paid sometimes for it....I think artists, true artists are the least shallow of all human beings. That is what brings the misinterpretation and criticism. They can never even begin to understand let alone do the work we do and I think that really bothers them.
Comment by mike hinc on September 8, 2008 at 10:58
Giulio...a fine line you draw there. Most artists I know of will give it away - if you flatter them enough. Now then, whores don't do that - do they? They place more value on their work. Is this because it intrinsically HAS more value? I only ask................
Comment by Giulio Baistrocchi on September 8, 2008 at 10:57
sorry i can be silly forgive me...
Comment by Giulio Baistrocchi on September 8, 2008 at 10:55
oh no i did not wanted to fall in the field of good and bad, sorry
Comment by Giulio Baistrocchi on September 8, 2008 at 10:53
a good prostitute is an artist, bit a good artist is not always a good prostitute
Comment by Sorg on September 8, 2008 at 10:52
Well Reb, we were talking about selling artwork but then these two started talking about selling their bodies and their souls. We get sidetracked here sometimes.


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