Random Art Thoughts

“Even if you dislike certain artists/movements, you need to know why they are important and how they have influenced other artists/movements.” Me.

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ABOVE: David McDonough, Jelly, digital photograph

I’ve been out of sorts this week and unable to focus on much of anything.

In lieu of a formal blog entry, I have decided to throw a few of my random art thoughts onto the screen. Hopefully, some stick:

  • Whether you are self-taught or not, you must study art history – religiously.
  • As art history is still being written, you should study the works of today as much as the works of yesteryear.
  • Even if you dislike certain artists/movements, you need to know why they are important and how they have influenced other artists/movements.
  • Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it isn’t art.
  • Just because it offends you, doesn’t mean it isn’t art.
  • You don’t have to like everything the ‘smart set’ does. Art critics aren’t always right.
  • You can have all the technical skills in the world and still be a lousy artist. Critical thinking and the ability to apply concepts are incredibly important.
  • Even though most critics don’t think so, there is still a place for skill in art and there are a lot of people who still appreciate it.
  • You WILL get rejected…A LOT! Try not to take it personally.
  • Ignore the naysayers. Avoid them if you can.
  • If money’s your thing, you’re in for a rude awakening.
  • Sales are important but they are not the be-all and end-all of being an artist.
  • You can have a day job and still be a full-fledged artist.
  • Create because you love to / Create because you have no other choice.
  • Follow trends but follow your heart first.
  • The most talented artists aren’t necessarily the most successful.
  • The most successful artists are often the gutsiest. Don’t let fear stand in the way of your success.
  • Always believe in yourself and never give up.

Wow! That was cathartic.

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One response to “Random Art Thoughts

  1. Pingback: Hard Work Makes Successful Artists, Not Talent « How my heart speaks

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