"I'm so creatively right brained... I lean!"

September 28, 2008

Those Who Can't Do, Teach!

I don't know where the title of this post came from, but, I guess in some sense it may be true. Seems strange to think you would want someone to teach you something they couldn't do. I can do alot of things well, and work in multiple mediums, but, I'm just not a very good salesperson of my own wares. So, tomorrow I'll teach.

Most who know me are astounded that I'm not famous. I hear it all the time. "Why aren't you famous? As talented as you are, why aren't you making a million dollars?" My response is always, "I don't have time to sell things while I'm working a creative spurt, and...I'm not dead yet!"

When it comes to being an artist, one must practice, starve, sell a piece occasionally, work your creative hands to the bone, and then die. Soon after, some aquaintance or family member has an epiphany of what a valuable artist you were. Then posthumously, they abscond with your forgotten art pieces packed in a closet; market and sell them, the work becomes famous worldwide, they become rich, and finally, the world is amazed you died penniless.

Here's the truth, artists are just that...artists, not salesmen. Most just want to spend their lives giving over to every creative inspiration, not selling their work. I should hire someone to market me so I can be fatter now, buy more art supplies, and have something besides a closet full of artwork for my children to fight over!

However, for the time being, I'm going to teach home-schooled kids through a local co-op. This means I must know how to do or they wouldn't have invited me to teach! :)

I begin tomorrow teaching on Mondays for the next 15 weeks. I'll have three classes; two sculpture and one calligraphy. This should be great fun for me and the students. Also, I've decided I may start a whole new blog to follow the things we work on and the student's progress. We'll see. Wish me luck.

1 comment:

  1. yep ... I got too much stuff to do to teach, but there are those who are just right for it!