how to feel miserable as an artist

I don't know who wrote this or where it's from. I found it in Allan's office. He doesn't know where it came from either.

(Or, what not to do.)

1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists.

2. Talk to your family about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.

3. Base the success of your entire career on one project.

4. Stick with what you know.

5. Undervalue your expertise.

6. Let money dictate what you do.

7. Bow to societal pressures.

8. Only do work that your family would love.

9. Do whatever the client/customer/gallery owner/patron/publisher/investor asks.

10. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals. To be accomplished by tomorrow.

For more excellent guideposts on the creative process, see Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland, and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

Update: This great list was seen here, at Keri Smith's blog, The Wish Jar. Thanks to Lee for spotting it - and for still checking in with wmtc!


allan said...

I'm supremely guilty of #s 1, 5 and 10, and have been re-reading parts of Art and Fear over the past few months. It was a tremendous help when I first read it a decade ago.

laura k said...

#1 is the biggest challenge for most people.

Lee said...

I first saw that list over at Keri Smith's blog, Wish Jar.


allan said...

I very well may have printed it out from there.

laura k said...

Thank you Lee! I knew someone would know. I will check out the post right now.

laura k said...

I updated the post.

Dharma Seeker said...

Wow. I've thought the same things about myself in different endeavors. Learning to focus on the work without expecting my family to get behind what I'm doing has done wonders for my peace of mind and my relationships!