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So today I stopped into my local art supply store to get my 'fix.'

And while I'm selecting my supplies I like to kibbitz with the clerks.

"And Joe - what have you been up to?"

"Oh, nothing much."

"Hmm - what have you painted lately?"

"Oh I have a ton of unfinished paintings. I start but I don't finish."

"And Alice - what have you been up to?"

"Oh - since I graduated I found I need imposed structure in my life.

So I went back to school for some more courses."

"Well - sounds to me like both of you will be working here till you are

old and gray."

"What do you mean?"

"As Don King the fight promoter used to say - you both need an attitude adjustment."

"There's nothing wrong with our attitudes - our customers like us."

"True - I even like both of you. However - as artists - you don't seem to like yourselves."

"Well - the life of working artist means - you finish your projects."

"Ouch."

"And the life of a working artist means - you are a self-starter."

"Ouch."

"Now in this store you know you have to finish stocking the shelves.

And in this store you have certain activities the boss tells you to complete."

"Yeah."

"But you won't do these things for yourselves on your own time."

"And...?"

"So will be here till you are old and gray."

"Well - we both went to art school."

"Did they teach you how to make a living with your art?"

"Not exactly."

"And that is why you are here."

"Let me boil it down for you. The creator has given the both

of you a talent to print money."

"Really?"

"Yes. It's like inheriting a really fast race horse. But if you

don't enter it into any races - you won't make any money."

- To be continued -

Picassolite
 

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A license to print Money - you gotta be kidding!

With 141 views and no comments ... I've struck a vein.

Remember the saying ... 'can't see the forest for the trees?'

Or ... 'money doesn't grow on trees?'

Well - sometimes it does.

For the artist with a 'gift of gab', or just an irrepressible personality -

there is a situation out there ready to throw money at you.

It is a safe, non-threatening and full of participants ready and eager outlet.

Have I got your attention. If you've read this far ... I have.

I've done it myself.

But right now I'm too busy to renew it. But you can - if you've got what it takes.

If you can talk while you paint, if you can paint while you talk ... this is for you.

If you have a sense of humor and more than a little patience ... this situation

will pay you and (heaven forbid) ... help you build a following.

Ok already ... what am I hinting at?

This is a V-8 moment ... 'why didn't I think of that'?

Drum roll - Your public library.

Yes boys and girls ... the ubiquitous public library ...

visited by millions every year, boys and girls and adults too ...

all waiting for you to present a workshop in your favorite medium.

Just call your library ... ask for the particulars to be put on

the presenter's list. It will take very little time to set up.

And before you know it ... you could be pocketing a few hundred

for a few hours of your time.

How do I know? Because I've done it.

Like I said ... if you're not scared of talking to strangers -

it's like catching fish in a barrel.

Enuf said for now.

I'd be interested in hearing how many of you make the call.

Best regards
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So today I stopped into my local art supply store to get my 'fix.'

And while I'm selecting my supplies I like to kibbitz with the clerks.

"And Joe - what have you been up to?"

"Oh, nothing much."

"Hmm - what have you painted lately?"

"Oh I have a ton of unfinished paintings. I start but I don't finish."

"And Alice - what have you been up to?"

"Oh - since I graduated I found I need imposed structure in my life.

So I went back to school for some more courses."

"Well - sounds to me like both of you will be working here till you are

old and gray."

"What do you mean?"

"As Don King the fight promoter used to say - you both need an attitude adjustment."

"There's nothing wrong with our attitudes - our customers like us."

"True - I even like both of you. However - as artists - you don't seem to like yourselves."

"Well - the life of working artist means - you finish your projects."

"Ouch."

"And the life of a working artist means - you are a self-starter."

"Ouch."

"Now in this store you know you have to finish stocking the shelves.

And in this store you have certain activities the boss tells you to complete."

"Yeah."

"But you won't do these things for yourselves on your own time."

"And...?"

"So will be here till you are old and gray."

"Well - we both went to art school."

"Did they teach you how to make a living with your art?"

"Not exactly."

"And that is why you are here."

"Let me boil it down for you. The creator has given the both

of you a talent to print money."

"Really?"

"Yes. It's like inheriting a really fast race horse. But if you

don't enter it into any races - you won't make any money."

- To be continued -

Picassolite
Oh, shut up, you are Ridiculous .
 

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There is an old saying ... "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

The prior comment indicates ... many times ... the student just isn't ready.
 

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On the other hand ... the prior comment is why many with art talent - go around in circles ... year after year.

Consider ... with all the commentary on art sites ... how many times has an artist actually divulged to you a specific

way to make money with your talent?

In other words ... most artists I have found who have developed a successful niche ... keep it to themselves.

And what a better way to scare off other artists ... than to ridicule another artist who actually gives you a strategy.

Such is the way of the world and the art world in particular.

Am I ridiculous , am I crazy .... yes - ridiculous and crazy ... like a fox.
 

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The more I think about the comment ... "Oh, shut up, you are Ridiculous" ...

the more pissed I get.

Because that comment comes from an 'empty drum.'

My original postings ... 'you have a talent to print money' comes from a

composite of experiences ... my own as I kibbitz at my local art supply store

and the bio of Gary Jenkins ... who worked for years in a framing shop.

Gary Jenkins (just google 'gary+jenkins+art) and you will see the current

bio of an artist who started in an art supply store - who after hours

took control of his art career - finished his own paintings - then

sold them on the weekends at the boat front in San Diego.

And that was his beginning.

When I stop in to my local art supply house - I'm on the look out

for the next Gary Jenkins. Sadly to say ... what I find are people

waiting for 'roast duck to fly in the window.'

In short - successful artists aren't sitting around - waiting for

someone else to do the heavy lifting of building a career.

Success in anything - is a 'mind set.'

As sports heroes have noted publicly ... 'some people have it and most don't.'

A person can have all the talent in the world ... but without the

success 'mind set' - nothing happens.

People smarter than myself have said ... 'success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.'

Sylvestor Stallone built an empire around the Rocky movies. He took the idea

from watching a Chuck Wepner boxing match.

Hundreds of people watched Chuck Wepner fight. Only Stallone put it into a film script.

When Stallone shopped his script around Hollywood - most told him - 'get outta here.'

Others told him - 'we will buy the script but we want our star to play the lead.'

Stallone held out - fronted the money to film the story and the rest is history.

Tom Lynch worked 3 jobs to support his budding art career.

Dean Mitchell lived in his car while he submitted paintings to national art shows.

Nita Engle traveled the world to get subject matter for her paintings.

John Pike worked in the Air Force while building his art following.

Bob Ross actually got taken to the cleaners - because he did not manage his career.

Charles Reid was not an overnight success.

Howard Terpning started as a commercial artist and with his contacts transitioned to fine art.

If I sound non-plussed - it's because I'm tired of artists going to a bull fight

and playing the role of the bull.
 

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"Oh shut up, you are ridiculous"...

I love a good verbal jousting ... especially with an avowed 'professional artist and critic.'

(yes I read your terse and haughty comments to other artists on this site...)

Reminds me of what Orson Wells said a long time ago about art critics ...

"first comes the birth, then the afterbirth - the art critic."

Art critics are notorious for setting themselves up as 'choke points.'

If you don't come through me ... you can't progress at all.

Nothing could be further from the truth ... ie. Cy Twombly.

Granted Cy Twombly is an acquired taste ... but he did not let

art critics in the US stop him from developing an international following.

He took control of his career and made it happen.

The same with Salvador Dali.

I always get a belly laugh when I think about how Cy Twombly confounded the critics.

And that is the essence of my commentary... if you don't want it bad enough

to work your butt off to make it happen ... don't think anyone else will.

The critics will give you a thousand different reasons why your work sucks.

Rockwell was ignored and snubbed by his contemporaries regarding professional

recognition.

However - for decades he was one of the highest paid commercial artists working.

Danny Whitfield - a good friend - had to surmount huge obstacles on his path

towards becoming one of the premiere selling automotive artists working today.

Covid has not stopped his income stream.

It is true beyond believing - "what the mind of man/woman can conceive - he/she can achieve."

However - there is a corollary - "after the conception - you've got to take action."

To me - critics are like grains of sand - they ebb and flow with the tide -

the tide provided by the oceanic power of the artist. That's you. Get on with it.

Always remember - "If not you -then who? If not now - then when?"

Substitute 'critic' for torpedo ...

"Damn the toropedoes - full speed ahead."

And that is exactly what Hardie Gramatky did with Little Toot.

All the way to the bank ... many times over.
 

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"If you're James Boggs you don't print money, you draw it."

Some are so literal - no wonder they miss the cosmic point -

I'm not naming any names ...

So let me go 5th grade for a moment -

'art talent is a license to print money' ~

means - people with art talent have the talent to earn

as much or as little money as their imagination will take them.


It's not about painting money or counterfeiting money.

Art talent is like a gift from the gods - like the gift of fire.

It's like singing talent - some have sung for their supper.

It's like writing talent - like Dalton Trumbo - creating a livelihood

out of his imagination ... or Agatha Christie.

And for minute don't think Dalton Trumbo was an overnight success.

He labored over his craft for 10 years before his career took off.

It's like Charles Schulz - creating Peanuts - so successful that the

post office had to give him his own zip code - because he received

so much fan mail.

And don't think Schulz was an overnight success either.

The point is they had some talent, they honed it and they took control of their careers.

They were self-starters. No one had to kick them in the butt to get themselves going.

And let me tell you - there was plenty of competition from like minded talents - all

aiming for the same level of success.

Now I'm done going 5th grade.
 

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Art talent is a License to Print Money - Cont.

Sometimes people need a hero to emulate ... and even more so for artists -

To wit - Gwenn Seemel ~

I'm impressed by her imagination, drive, ambition, and willingness to 'make it happen.'

As you read through her blog - you'll find a treasure trove of specifics about

the life of a prolific and active artist working today.

Is she a household name like Picasso, Keane, Kinkade, Carol Marine or Jill Meyer? Not yet.

As you think about it ... some names on this list you may not recognize.

And that is the wonder and the beauty of the art world.

The last two are highly successful at what they do - and you still may not have heard of them.

Jill Meyer's story ~

Which goes to support the point - 'art talent is a license to print money.'
 

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"Art Talent is a License to Print Money" - more ...

Paint it Big - Paint it Red -

How does a painter - know when they are on to something?

Well - take a lesson from Hollywood movies. A rather enjoyable trip.

Should you embroil yourself in movies - from the 20's 'till now - you'll notice ...

Those behind the camera - the producers - keep bringing back the same faces -

with different names - Walter Pidgeon, Robert Preston, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, Tom Berenger to wit.

As these producers (the people with skin in the game) - understood something cosmic -

the right face with the right voice with real acting talent yields psychological connection

on an exponential level.

In other words - butts in seats, subscribers, sponsors ... by another name - SUCCESS.

Let's not get twisted just yet.

This is just one example of cosmic connection.

All of this to bring you back to Gwenn Seemel. She will one day become a household name.

Because if you are a student of your game - you will notice the lineage of her work.

Paint it Big, Paint it Red ~

From Leroy Neiman, Dreama Tolle Perry to Gwenn Seemel.

However - splashing red on the canvas is not enough.

One has to bring imagination, conviction, energy, composition to the work.

Add a dollop of presentation, marketing smarts and just getting the work out there -

taps into the cosmic consciousness - exponentially.

My hat is off to Gwenn Seemel - if you don't know of her - you soon will.
 
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