Monday, September 25, 2006

Works In Progress

I am spending almost all of my time in therapy right now working on how to earn some money from my artwork or from other creative pursuits. I am, in a sense, gambling on whether or not this current therapeutic focus is going to pay off. Literally.

I was watching this cool documentary on Andy Warhol the other night. What a creative genius. I loved this one thing he said-- when his early Brillo Boxes and Campbell's Soup Boxes were first exhibited, many people didn't get them and some longtime collectors of his work backed away. Apparently he said, "Don't sit around and worry if people like or don't like your art. Just keep on making more art." Obviously he had the last laugh-- those Brillo boxes are worth a fortune today.

He was a sad figure though; another story.

His interviews crack me up. If only all celebrities took some cues from him and just spoke as little as possible when asked inane questions, instead of giving inane answers.

I think I'm rambling. I'm supposed to be working on some color charts for my painting class, ugh!


Blogger Robbie said...

I think if the goal was to make money it would be stressful for me. However, I am currently reading a biography of Norman Rockwell and he was quite prolific and worked every day, long days, and was incredibly successful while he was alive.

Have you checked out Etsy as perhaps a place to sell your art? Or, Ebay even?

6:13 AM  
Blogger sfmike said...

I saw the Warhol documentary too by Rick Burns, and thought, fascinating/horrifying time and people, but the documentary was way too square and half the talking heads were intensely annoying. I mean, how many superlatives can you throw out before they become absurd (particularly when talking about faux Brillo boxes or a home movie of a haircut)?

The actual footage of the New York sixties scene was great, though, and your takeaway from Warhol about artists not needing to worry so much about what anybody thinks of their art so much as they need to just create art on a daily basis is a basic and profound insight.

10:21 AM  
Blogger sunflowerkat119 said...

ALBERT!! I see your deco book!!

Remember what fun that was? Even with the (much slipped) time constraints, I loved working on each one!


2:44 AM  
Blogger Nelle said...

He was a fascinating person. I think in art everyone has to find THEIR thing ultimately. (IMHO that is.) I think you have a lot of talent Albert and hopefully next year I will be earning more and can own something you do. :)

8:25 AM  

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