BLOG WATCHERS: Mantras
Do you have a motto or creed that as an artist you live by? What advice would you give a young artist that is just starting out?
I love to collect quotes. I'm constantly writing down things that I hear that inspire me. And a lot of them are not art related- they're just life related. Some stick with me longer than others, but I wouldn't say that I live by any of them in particular. I just like to keep them close by (in my studio, in my sketchbook, in my iPhone notepad, etc.) for bad days.
This is not your wedding. Its just a date. -- Daniel Graham
^^ My undergrad professor and mentor, Daniel Graham, told me this once about my undergrad thesis show and it has stuck with me. I like to remember it because it reminds me that I don't have to work with the same materials, or concepts all the time. I don't have to marry an idea. I can just date it for a while and when its time to move on, move on; or marry it or don't.
Just give it a year. -- Dr. Juliee Decker
Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important. -- Carl Jung
MORE. Thats the word that keeps echoing in my head as I think of ways to make a mess. -- Unknown
They think we are in a state of crisis. But we prefer living the temptation of every day, rather than fall victim to the idleness that makes life a series of cowardly acts. -- Emilio Vedova
Why do some people say, "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding. -- Betty White
There is no substitute for hard work. -- Shawn Barber
She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
Know what? Bitches get stuff done. -- Tina Fey
Afraid of everything, did it anyways. -- Unknown
Women, you see, only become interesting if they give you the feeling that something is not quite right. --Debra Condren
I could go on forever. I've been collecting quotes for years.
What advice would you give a young artists just starting out?
Well I think I'm still one of those young artists. But I've learned some things that I could share.
Don't show anything you aren't proud of.
Your work has to sit well with you first, before anyone else.
Always keep a sketchbook - put anything and everything in it.
"How much do you charge for something like that?" Answer: as much as you can without laughing. (recent advice I just learned- sound advice at that)
"I hadn't considered that. I'll have to look into it." - always a good response.
You can't please everyone. Some stuff you have to take it or leave it.
10/10/2013 12:54:55 am
A little off-topic but just wanted to say I liked the layout of the site
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I am a contemporary artist focused on the intersection of art and science in Lexington, KY.