Sunday, January 8, 2012

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

I have this list hanging in three different places in my studio, and have made copies for more than one friend. I don't know who wrote this... found it online, but if anyone has an idea, I would love to give props to the author.

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist:
(Or, what not to do, underline all that currently apply)

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

HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Wow. Ring any bells???


  1. Yeah, pretty sure I can underline each one of these. Very good reminder of detrimental, self-sabotage thoughts. I'm copying this list and printing it out to help me remember what not to do. Thank you.
    Love your work. It's inspiring. I can't believe you are ever bothered by these things, but apparently, thinking that falls into point #1.