Many years ago I gave up all childish hopes of ever becoming a professional artist, simply because of the almost-guaranteed poverty that comes with the job. After all, what artist hasn't heard a cautionary tale about a starving artist friend, relative or famous person?
However, a few weeks ago I read this:
I realized that it is when we focus on money as a reward, rather than the art itself, that "formula" bestseller books and blockbuster movies emerge. I'm scared that one day there will be no alternatives to the three or four classic Hollywood plotlines, to the made-in-a-Chinese-sweatshop "paintings" and to the Starbucks latte.
So um, of any of you artists need a new mission statement:
"We artists should create because of our love of art. We should create what we want, not what we think is popular. We should view money as a lovely bonus."
Thanks for joining me on my mind-puke .