The last day of the week, my friday at least, at the Loretto. I didn't sell anything this entire weekend. The crowds were more plentiful, but I was more upset and sensitive of the whole thing. I couldn't understand why my stuff wasn't selling. I know my prices are very reasonable because I sold some smaller pieces berfore. I've said things to ease the pain like "It's a jewelry crowd, not a fine arts crowd" or "those cheap bastards, what do they know?". From what I heard from close friends, a lot appears to be the tourist mentality. Everyone wants something dirt cheap and most still believe in the starving artist myth. It seems that as long as people believe in that myth, then nothing is going to change to help the artist make a living. Maybe the arts profession still gets a bad rap in America compared to Europe or other countries. I guess I'm trying to destroy that myth. Sure it's nice to receive comments like "Oh, that's nice" or "Beautiful painting", or even those who ask questions and appears to buy a painting, but is just wasting the artists' time because they want to know a few tricks for their own painting pleasure. All I can say at this point is shame on you. Don't try to demoralize an artist's ambition and dream because your own life is not fullfilling enough. Artists who are selling their art are like everyone else in reality. We're trying to earn a living, complements are not enough. They don't pay the bills. If you really want to respect and honor an artist's work, the best thing you can do is purchase his/her painting and hang it in your home. I may appear negative ranting all this, but it's also up to the artist to stand up for what's right. I refuse to live in a world of myths and will earn my right to live how I want to live. Deep down, I'm still an eternal optimist that my purpose will be fullfilled, to bring beauty to the world and earn a good living doing it. I want friends more than enemies, but there comes a time when you must speak your mind and take risks, even on a blog. Excuses and fake smiles won't cut it anymore, I'm on to you! One of the artists who live in my apartment building heard my rant and what stuck with me was "Always look on the bright side of life!" Corny, but it makes sense. Now I can't get the song out of my head. This is from an artist who actually gives a damn, are there any more out there?
Always look on the bright side of life!
by Joshua Lance Persichetti | Apr 27, 2009