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