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
How to Feel Miserable as an Artist by Keri Smith

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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