Monday, December 26, 2011

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

  Around 2004 I went to an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where I picked up a Xerox of this. I later found out it was authored by Keri Smith, a writer, artist and illustrator. I found it today, carefully put away, and will share it here, with 100% credit going to Ms Keri Smith.

Links below.

[It's good advice for starting out a new year.]

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist.

1.- Constantly compare yourself to other artists.

2.- Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.

3.- Base the success of your entire career as an artist on one project.

4.- Stick with what you know.

5.- Undervalue your expertise.

6.- Let money dictate what you do.

7.- Bow to societal pressures.

8.- Only do work that your family would love.

9.- Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron asks.

10- Set unachievable/overwhelming goals to be accomplished by tomorrow.

Thank you to Keri Smith for saving countless artists from themselves.

Read more about this extraordinary woman here [Link] and here [Link]

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