Aim with your heart, steer with your mind, and know that it always works.

I found this list by Keri Smith while surfing the internet and it rang true to everything that I was going through as an artist. So I thought I would post it here in case you didn’t see it already. This piece has been more popular that I ever imagined. It seems to have own life now.

I love that this list has been somewhat controversial to some, it garners a slightly hostile response in a few people (who wrote me expressing upset with it’s “negative” feel). You should probably know by now that I love any work that provokes a unique response from every reader. All of my work is based on this. When I read it I felt it was innately positive so the response is interesting to me.

ow to Feel Miserable as an Artist by Keri Smith http://www.kerismith.com
How to Feel Miserable as an Artist by Keri Smith http://www.kerismith.com

I’m curious to hear what you think…

  • G. Donald Hamilton

    This is so so so true, maybe that is why I take little heed to the so called critics!!!!

    • Brenden (author)

      Thank you for your comment, Donald. I think it’s a great reminder for all artists. Creation should be free and without judgement.

  • Brian

    As an observer and acquirer of the product of the creative process, I feel the struggle between personal integrity and market realities presented. Many of these points so challenge me in my selection of a piece and how I will display the work. It’s a work in progress.

  • Bruno Horisberger

    Judgement of others is ok – but: it never should influence us on our way, because painting-art and choosing combinations of colours is coming from our hearts only! And laypersons do not feel that way… 😀

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