What would you rather be?


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Everyone has thought about what they would like to be in their lives and careers. Artists are no different. We all dream about what level of success we’d like to achieve in our careers. So I thought it would be interesting to put together a career poll for artists.

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4 thoughts on “What would you rather be?

  1. I always hope to be an artist who really makes a (positive) difference with my art in people’s lives and in the world – I guess that would fall under successful artist, although successful is probably usually considered in financial terms, which is not necessarily what I consider a measure of ‘success’. Financial security is great and necessary, but to me seldom really a sign of the kind of success I would like to achieve. And you? What would you rather be?

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  2. I think I’m honest if I say that I’m painting for myself and only for myself, but I’d be a hypocrite if I’d claim that other people’s opinions don’t matter to me. I do want people to like my work – there’s a vanity in there somewhere…

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  3. I would have to answer like this: There are very few important artists: the game changers (Picasso, Duchamp, Rauschenberg), and there are also many famous artists who have not been successful (Van Gogh). I’ve always admired many important, and successful artists, but for me it’s the Artist’s artists that are most interesting. They are often known mostly by other artists, or those who closely follow the arts, and they are often the types who are off doing their own thing regardless of what is fashionable or saleable. But be completely honest a little bit of success would be nice, and maybe even fun.

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  4. I agree a lot with Angeline. I want people to like my work, but primarily because I like the feeling of some intimate connection of feeling or perception, or whatever. And, if they like it enough to actually buy it, so much the better!

    Mike

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