“You talking to me?” “You talking to me?”
One of the most important parts of Art is the attitude – The Attitude that goes into making art and the Attitude that goes into buying art.
We will deal with the Attitude of the artist in this post and then take on the consumer attitude of art in the next one.
As a creator of various forms of art, I try to stick to my subjective definitions of art so that I am not hampered by the “proper” ways to make something into “SOMETHING.” Basically, if I decide to make something, I imagine it and then go for it like an architect who has a foundational framework but no real consuming blueprint other than the design living in my head.
This is how I create a form of beauty, which is pleasing to me. If I can make something that is beautiful to me, even if it shades toward “ugly” or “distressed” or “odd,” I will be satisfied even if those around me or even those far beyond me (critics and people outside of the spheres of my influence) find it “un-beautiful.” Keeping my art as art to me might make me financially poor, but it leaves me as the chief guard of my artistic vision and gives me the complete responsibility for how much I sell-out or don’t sell-out.
No one but the original artist can be blamed for compromising the design.
ADVICE: Writers, sculptors, painters, chefs, directors, photographers, etc. – Do not blame the buyers, editors or the critics for “making you sell out your vision.” Selling-out is on you and you alone.
I’ve had to deal with this crucial thing several times and I have found peace in this: Buck stops here, baby!
Big Shout out to our creative friends at Dream Taxi Media and Marketing for helping us and helping others achieve their visions without compromise. Much love to Loudsmith Media for having the guts to put out edgy design and content even when no one will touch it…
Quoting Loud A. Smith himself – “To starve takes guts.”