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Literally from my backyard

Literally from my backyard

Lots of preparation for my upcoming show and I’m trying to keep as optimistic as I can.  Optimism comes from within, a persistent force of nature that you have or you don’t, but you can always learn.  I believe if we’re negative, our emotions and lives will always be in a recession.  I’m not always optimistic but I am trying hard each day to improve the quality of my life and art.  As Monty Python says, “Always look on the bright side of life”.  Sounds good to me.  

Here’s a rant I want to express, so here it goes.  So my advice to all those artists who want it all, and I mean the sold art, the huge fanbase, the fame, the fortune…all that can be good, but first focus on within yourself.  Don’t be greedy and pretentious.  So many galleries have closed in Santa Fe because of overpriced greediness of gallery owners and not paying their artist, or at least very late.  I’m not talking about my own experience.  Ok, maybe a little.  I was represented once and my work just sat in the gallery for 5 months with no sales.  I expect the gallery owner to promote their artists better if they want to stay in business.  Reputation is too important to throw away in the name of the dollar.  Relationships will suffer unless artists and gallery owners have healthy relationships and everything’s in writing.  And for artists to earn respect, they must not only treat others with respect, but to respect their craft, share their knowledge with people who want to learn, to give back and help make this world a better place.  I’m no Ghandi, but I’m working on it.  Have good, healthy role models in your life.  Do good, be good, feel good.  The world has enough negativity, be a positive force!