Coping with the fact
This is my new friend "Bub"
Bub really LOVED my art!
Bub doesn't have money to spend on art.
He said he was walking by because his car was being repaired, and he couldn't afford to pick it up until he worked more hours, but he couldn't get to work without his car, he came by to see if some of these art people could give him a lift up the coast…
but he really loved the art!!
I wanted to GIVE Bub some art…but the promise of maybe making $50 from some other passerby kept me selfishly thinking about my own electric bill
Some of best potential art buyers are carpenters & cleaning ladies & check out clerks...
Some of the greatest artists and creative minds of our time are carpenters, cleaning ladies, mechanics & nurses & shit...
We are both vastly unsupported, ignored, brushed off and are fighting to hold on to what little corner of the universe we reside in
IF I was paid for every time someone suggested a place where I may be able to find "real work" … I wouldn't need to find any "real work". Because I'd be rich.
most days...I'm surrounded by NOPE. Don't be an artist.
"I made THIS"
artist Gayle Fitzpatrick said
"I do whatever it takes to keep a roof over my head while I'm busy being an artist. I teach art at lots of venues. I work Visitor Services in Ogunquit during the summer when schools are not in session.
Support? Where are the Medicis when I need them?"
what i'm hearing inside my head is… Gayle is ridiculously talented…why does she have to work at visitor services and deal with tourists all day to make ends meet?
Gayle's work is amazing! if only I had the means to own this piece…
I can't afford us either.
Now IS the best time to purchase art, you can get 5 star original art work for as cheap as one month of an artists electric bill or even as low as gas money back from an art fair.
Buying art is much like playing the stock market (except WAY more fun!) you buy low and if you play your taste right and you have good instincts, you end up with a valuable gem in 25 years. And you get to look at something other than numbers in a newspaper and enjoy it everyday over and over and you also directly support a very real person and your neighbor
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) - Pablo Picasso (sold $106.5m in 2010)
Artist Christy Bruna:
" I work 40+ hrs and cannot quit because of the health benefits, but then I hardly have time and energy from my full time job to keep up my stamina to make my art!"
Musician (yes, musicians are in the same boat)
Lee Hayes: "I have always been of the mindset that art is free. Sure, people will buy it, but we don't do it for the money. I mean, we'll take the money, but lack of cash won't stop us."
shhhh….Lee! Don't tell anyone we won't stop if they don't buy!! that's a secret!
Keep trudging through the bad economy you artists…someday…if you are lucky…your corpse will be worth $106.5 million…
or maybe all you'll get out of it is a really enriched soul, great friends and a simple life free of the bullshit of politics & wall street…
that kind of trumps a cubicle and shit...doesn't it?
Maybe the shopping culture will catch on soon to the fact that original art is a much better investment and even less risky than a month of scratch tickets and we will all grow art & soul in our communities…until then, we will figure out how to live our super enriched lives and never stop creating new work for awesome gentlemen like Bub...
even in the face of bad economy and shit.
written by: Erin Duquette - www.erinduquette.com
Art, Culture, Unity and Soul
in Berwick, Maine