Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Balancing Act

"It is our necessary conundrum in today's world...that we need some status of becoming known, which may result in being celebrated, in order to market our work and effectively do our business end of art...but we must walk cautiously not to be lured in to believe our own press." - Larry Seiler

A nugget to ponder from a rather lengthy post, initially introduced to me by my friend and former teacher, artist Sharon Lynn Williams.  Mr. Seiler points out precisely the fine line I've been trying to tread between showing my work to others for their enjoyment, and wanting to be what our culture defines as "successful".

Lest you think Mr. Seiler's words revolutionary, here are a couple of earlier versions thereof:

  • "Pride goeth before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18); and
  • "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." Jesus, quoted in Mark 10:25.
Nothing new under the sun....eh?

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