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Know You'll Get Better!

Joseph Linsner - Moving on up!
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and some thoughts ...

... There was a day a year or so before I left school, when the class was sent off on a trip to London. Nothing to do with art, just a trip. My enduring memory of that day is this:

We walked down a street and past half a dozen or so folks they now call pavement artists. Perhaps they called them that then too, I have no idea. Some were working in oils, others in water or pastel - even chalk - mostly directly onto the flagstones themselves! Beautiful images destined to be trampled under foot and washed away by the rain. One thing they all had in common was the tin by their sides - for people to throw loose change into.

I made two highly faulted decisions that day. One that I would never be as good as any one of them, and two, that if that's the sort of income artist's with their undeniable talents are stuck with - what chance had I? No one told me that this was their choice, I only heard comments from my elders, like "The only rich artists are dead artists", and this experience just confirmed it.

No one ever talked to me of 'commercial art', 'illustrative art' or 'advertising' or the possibility of being successful with your chosen art form. Take a look at my Modern Arts Gallery and Illustrative and Fantasy Arts Gallery, visit their website via the links provided to see how artists don't have to be dead to get good money for their work!

And so to bit of advice number two. In the same way that there are pain barrier athletes must go through before reaching new levels of achievement - there are pain barriers in art too, so ... KNOW - You'll get better ... and you will. And maybe one day you'll make a few quid too.

Boris Vallejo - Oceans apart ...
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and some thoughts ...
Luis Royo - Getting ahead ...
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and some thoughts ...

As you can see from the above examples, even the best get better over time. They work hard and long for infinitesimal improvements that move there work on by quantum leaps.

I don't paint for a living, it's a hobby, but glancing images such as those above remind me that, if I keep trying, I will get better - and then, like them, I can always revisit a worthy concept again.

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