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Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Penny for Your Thoughts

"...being an artist is not cheap; the competition is extreme; earning a decent income is brutally difficult.
Of the successful artists I’ve known, I’d say that the two things that led to their success were compulsion (virtually to the extent of mental illness) to do the work, and the eventual ability to monetize the effort. Most of them never get that success—they’re finally ground down and give it up.
Generally, if you’re not compelled to do a particular form of art, you won’t be all that good at it."

A Life in Art
By John Camp
(click on the link if you'd like to read the whole article--it brought tears to my eyes.)


  1. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! A heartfelt thank you also for leading me to John's article, one might get a bit down over it, but he describes reality, unfortunately.

  2. He does, and I think real artists understand his point. However, it is nice to know we are not alone! A photographer friend of mine sent me the link to the article because he, too, resonated with its truth.