Professionalism kills Creativity May 31, 2013 HERE « Ten Things About Art... Black as Base... » Journal Comments © Kira Bodensted almost 2 years ago Is this only for people on FB? I can’t read it. :-( ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago Unfortunately yes…lots of RB members are also FB members and this is actually an audio recording that I have been doing over the last few months on various topics…you have to be a member to listen to it… ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago Also it is an App that can’t be brought over to RB… Jeff Burgess almost 2 years ago why was the page removed? ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago The page was not removed…you have to be a member of Facebook to view it as it is a Facebook App..I alert RB members who are on FB from this journal when I have a new addition to the audio clips… Cindy Schnackel almost 2 years ago Interesting take on the phrase about “good being the enemy of great.” Agree that trying new things is good for you. Artists need to evolve and need to be in touch with that deeper part of themselves, not just thinking about what sells. Advice to experiment does seem, (on the surface), to conflict with advice to have a cohesive body or work but I never felt in conflict about it. A style seems to come thru no matter what, especially after countless hours of making the kind of art you want to make. As with all of it, everyone seems happiest if you find the buyers who want what you love to do, rather than do what you guess people might want. ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago I think that first and foremost we should create for ourselves…it’s the journey that’s important…once we start doing what the market demands we’re lost in mediocrity and become a mass producer…staying true to our vision is what is most important, and if that means trying new things and making mistakes, so be it…I don’t know who made up that body of work thing…it must have been a gallery owner…. :)) Cindy Schnackel almost 2 years ago Yes, probably was a gallerist’s point of view, and for them it has logic. But some artists take it too literally, like a directive. ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago I agree…too many artists are at the mercy of the gallerists and critics… Jacki Stokes almost 2 years ago Hi Janis, I can so identify with the thoughts in this article, because recently I was starting to take myself too seriously and trying too hard to be “professional”.I wrote a journal entry called “Does Failure Undermine your Reputation as an Accomplished Artist?”, on this subject. I’m pleased to say that I’ve got my head around it now, and truly believe that to be happy as an artist, you have to create work that makes your heart bump. If anybody else likes what you’ve created, then that’s fantastic – an added bonus. If people buy what you have created, then that’s the most wonderful feeling (and it lso means that you’ll be able to afford to buy more paint!) However many famous artists in the past have supplemented their income by giving the public what they want, and doing their own precious work alongside this. I see nothing wrong with this as it buys you time and gives you money for materials (without which you might not be able to carry on painting). I think as long as you spend the majority of your time painting from the heart, you can’t go far wrong. ©Janis Zroback almost 2 years ago “I think as long as you spend the majority of your time painting from the heart, you can’t go far wrong". That is so true Jacki…as long as you don’t start creating work especially to sell and I don’t include people who do work on commission, which is a totally different thing, as long as you stay true to your vision, you will be fine, and you will be successful.. Cindy Schnackel almost 2 years ago Jacki Stokes said it well!