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The Day to Day Life of Painters

September 6th, 2009

Much, if not almost all of my writing in this blog has focused on the large issues. While they are important I’m always reminded how removed they are from the actual life of the artist. The daily toiles, the comfort of the workplace, the economic situation, the interaction with patrons and society as a whole, freedom of expression exercised, the quality of training received, many such questions go begging. By far however, these are the parts which make up the whole with philosophical, theoretical and historical considerations playing a small role.

The World Wide Web has expanded in some sense the horizons for many of us. This conflict directly, however with the social interactions from which we drew our substance a few years ago. One way in which it has done this is the explosion of self professed authorities and experts. Consequently, the process of connecting with an audience has become actually much more complex overnight so to speak. A rule of thumb for the working artist (i.e. professional artist) was that it was necessary to spend around one-half of the time devoted to the business side of things. Boy; has that changed. I don’t know about you, but for me the time left over for painting has dropped dramatically. Where is this leading us?

Leaving aside this question of time, another aspect reared its ugly head for me recently. No matter how sincere you may be, some individuals truly detest what they perceive you to represent – a charlatan world attempting to overturn the “natural” and “normal” order of things as they understand them. That they may be missing a few important screws never occurs to them. The elevator simply does not reach the top floor.

Now I do not find fault with this state of affairs. After all it has been going on quite some time now. I certainly do not fault the individual as his condition corresponds to precedent. However, I do find offence with the individual with mental abilities very much above the status quo who participates thus with the zeitgeist. He, or she, should know better; shame, shame on them.

Whenever and wherever I encounter this particularly offensive person I am compelled to point them out. This, even though today you are at great risk, more than just a few simply consider you as another self-appointed authority without moral foundation.

Again, I find myself being quite vague. In this case I quite simply do not wish to spell out the ugly details. They could easily be lost in translation as well as though cultural misunderstandings. Suffice it to say that even at my advanced age I sometimes find cause to question my justifications. But to pursue the explanation of these justifications is to play bad poker. An intelligent poker player does not bet good money after bad. Likewise to spend good energy after the fact in another context is to avoid the obligations of your day-today life as a creative personality.

Published in french as Le quotidien des peintres

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