|Proposal for Train Jeff Koons|
Towards the end he mentions a fairly common artist trajectory:
...the very familiar arc of an emerging artist's career: art school; crap job at a museum; make crappy work; get a day job; friends with artists; failed starts with some dealers; sell a piece or two; go broke; get another day job; get in some group shows; which leads to a solo show. And the rest, we know.Just out of school I think I was afraid to be called a painter if I hadn't been painting that morning. I was afraid I'd loose it. The reality, as a professor made clear years before, "You're lucky if you'll get 3 hours a week of painting in at first".
|Black City Julie Mehretu (via Representing Place)|
Of course there is work, work and more work. But there's also something Robert Pirsig mentions in that classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: "You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally."
Semi-Related: The writings of Jack Tworkov, who seemed to content working like a salmon at his art. At the Art 21 blog by Sharon Butler:
Every art can only say what the medium allows it to say. Every change in medium is a change in content. A painter knows that what was originally suggested by charcoal can never be said in paint. If you paint you say one thing. If you stain you say another. If you paste, you say still another. By the time you use a computer you will say an utterly different thing—that’s why painting will go on…And also Julie Mehretu’s paintings that I have always been strangely attached to. Another one who is so seemingly embedded in another world beyond her own. Maybe that's the secret!