What is an artist worth?

There is a quote by George Bernard Shaw that goes like this:  “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”

And the world of art isn’t at all as glamorous as one could imagine it to be.  Before choosing art as my profession, I used to think that artists only painted when they “were inspired.”  I thought artists were paid to experiment with different techniques and different concepts to show us the world in a different light.  I thought making art was all one needed to do to be a real artist.

The reality is that in order to succeed as an artist, one needs to be a master in marketing, branding, and investing.  One may make the most beautiful, interesting pieces of art the world has ever seen, but what is this art good for without an audience?  There are many of us who think we have something to say to the world, and we patiently wait for the day someone sees the world we see.  No piece of art can be called “finished” unless it connects us with someone else, unless a “stranger” takes it home.  

The truth of the matter is that we fail the world, the Arts, and ourselves when we don’t do whatever possible to let our work be noticed.  The value of one’s dream, of one’s work, of one’s name, is the value one puts into that dream, into that work, and into that name.  Nothing comes for free.  Invest in your own dream and others will eventually invest in you and your dreams.  

In this cruel world there is no prince charming coming to buy your work….and that could make your world unbearable!

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Art made by nature

Art made by nature

It caught my attention: The blue paint has cracked (with time) and now my town enjoys the viewing of a new painting! Thank you, mother nature!

Portrait

I had just to make my last hair stroke on my new portrait painting to count the work as officially finished.  As imagined by friends and family alike, my portrait painting is not a self portrait, but a personal study of someone else’s life.  It’s a painting I’ve named:  ephemerality.  This word can describe every stage of the work, as with each brush stroke the image was transformed to a new “being,” or a more recognizable being.

The work itself is my own interpretation of the moment I was lucky to caught on my sitter.  The white background for me, represents her innocence and the purity of the image.  The white egg hanging from her ear lobe represents her fertility.  There is a ticking clock behind, in the background.  Unlike any other kid, this one is serious.  She’s aware, like myself, that time has tremendous powers and I, as an artist, am just an observant of ephemeral moments. Image

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Something new

On my way home from town, I looked up and noticed the fresh snow on Bogorno.  Something down my feet caught my eye eventually.  I quickly came off the spell of the mountain’s beauty,  There, about to be squashed by my own foot, a brown leaf covered by newly formed water drops was my source of inspiration today!  I quickly grabbed my watercolors to catch on paper, something so simple yet fascinating.

“Don’t just look up!”  I thought to myself….

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