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A dissatisfied artist

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A dissatisfied artist

Mesaj  Admin la data de Vin Mai 15, 2009 9:33 am

April 17, 2009

Yesterday, Colorado painter Tom Lockhart wrote, "I work 50 to 65 hours per week, teach workshops and serve on the Board of a Local Arts Center. I judge art shows and travel to locations to paint. I earn $75,000.00 to $100,000.00 annually--too much to get a grant. I pay more than my share of taxes, expense out what the law allows and still find it difficult to make ends meet. I'm constantly paying entry fees, dues, advertising, framers, suppliers and travel expenses. I can't understand why the public insists on buying cheap, crappy art from poorly educated artists who suffer for their craft. Yuk! There are constantly retired lawyers, doctors, architects, dentists and other professionals who decide to become painters. They put their work in galleries and sell to the unsophisticated, taking sales away from deserving, serious artists. And now with the economic bad times, it's even harder to sell your art. What do you think about this?"

Thanks, Tom. One of the great features of our game is that it's a level field where anyone can come and play. You may have noticed that a few years ago when you first ran out onto the field. While you have managed your career well, it was the quality of your work that ultimately got collectors' attention. While there are back eddies and fearsome rapids in the river of creativity, it's my observation that quality is still pervasively on the rise.

We in this brotherhood and sisterhood live in a state of uncertainty and flux. One year's laureate is next year's dead poet.

When we get too stuck in the relative affluence game, like some of our friends in the cash register of commerce, we lose sight of the truly great thing we do. It is to live this life of exploration and daily delight. It is to be free of the grind and indignity of working for someone else's gain, of commuting to some office, factory or field. Of selling our souls for pay cheque and pension. Of joy in struggling with our shortcomings and weaknesses. Of ultimately making a wholesome product that fine people cherish through generations. Tom, practically everyone thinks you've got it made. Fact is, you have.

Best regards,

Robert

PS: "Paradoxically, I have found peace because I have always been dissatisfied. My moments of depression and despair turn out to be renewals, new beginnings. If I were to settle down and be satisfied with the surface of life, with its divisions and its cliches, it would be time to call in the undertaker. This dissatisfaction which sometimes used to worry me has helped me to move freely and even gaily with the stream of life." (Thomas Merton)

Esoterica: Some segments of the art world are a remarkable meritocracy, while other segments are living proof that idiots have taken charge of the asylum. The wild cards are not always the artists, but the critics, media, dealers, interloping amateurs and the incorrigible, unsophisticated public you mentioned. Leave out those other guys and we'd be a pretty happy bunch. Leave out those other guys and we'd all be dead broke. FYI, we've put some of Tom Lockhart's work at the top of the current clickback.

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