Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Happy Days Are Here Again
Here in America, it's election day, and I just got back from casting my ballot. Maybe you did the same today where you live. Because, if you listen to the analysts and pundits on TV, these are the most trying times in our Nations history.
After the Civil War, that is.
And the violence and social upheaval of the Reconstruction Period.
And World War One. And Two.
Oh, and don't forget the Great Depression. That one sucked pretty hard. Congress wasn't bickering with each other about whether to extend un-employment benefits back then. There were no unemployment benefits! But in today's world, everything has to be spoken of in hyperbole and absolutes. The Most this, the Greatest that. You'll never hear a talking head go on TV and say, "These are the most mildly annoying times in history!" But the truth of the matter is that if you are unemployed, or are self-employed and trying to make a buck, it doesn't matter that the depression of 1876, or the Panic of 1893 was harder times, to you-- these are the worst of times.
I will be the first to admit my sales have not been stellar through these economic times. But I still paint every day. I tend to think of it as stocking up on inventory. I am optimistic enough to think that good sales are right around the corner. Unless I'm wrong. Maybe this blog explains the reason... Either way, the one constant in the art world is: Somebody other than you will make a killing in art. Ever notice that? Four year old child prodigies selling paintings for twenty or thirty thousand dollars. Monkeys and elephants slapping paint on a canvas and it too goes for tens of thousands. What gives? Is that what the people want?
Something as deep and meaningful as this?
Image courtesy of Pong, an 11 year old elephant artist
Or, maybe this is what the public is clamoring for:
This one was done by a Chimp.
I can't compete with those. I guess I'll just have to keep biding my time, painting my pictures, putting them out there, and wait for the current storm to pass. But, I will wear a monkey suit when I paint, if that will help...