Conducting career Notes
Conducting your career gives you many paths and options. I am very impressed by these words from the late Robert Genn.
Accept the gift of a life in art and know it is a high and noble calling–both a miracle and a responsibility.
Know that you’re part of a great international brotherhood and sisterhood of artists who are living now and have gone before. – Robert Genn
These two were very significant for me. I have always thought that being an artist is a rare reward in life. Some think of it as a curse. There is great privilege and responsibility which comes with conducting this unusual career. Beginning artists look up to professionals. We can dash their dreams or give them hope and encouragement. We can give them vital career information or we can destroy their will to succeed with careless cruelty. Teaching and mentoring artists is a serious responsibility. These new artists and even hobbyists are fragile. They must know they can depend on their mentors to steer them in a positive and correct behavioral path. Mentors must have high standards in the way of conducting themselves and their own careers. “Monkey see-Monkey do” comes to mind. I don’t pretend to be a paragon of virtue, but I do try to be a role model for my artist friends and students. When I make a mistake, I do try to correct or own up to it.
We can enjoy a privileged friendship with collectors, enhancing their experience and joy of owning art and befriending an artist or we can take advantage of them, using the privilege and care they extend to us callously. Artists live in such an interesting place, between poverty and wealth. Many of us live minimal lifestyles but we are befriended by the wealthy and privileged. In fact, many of my friends are quite well to do. We are privy to fine foods, beautiful lands and homes thanks to our collectors and patrons. I am so lucky to have the fine friendships and support of many who could buy their art elsewhere. I am ever aware of my privilege in having these wonderful collectors, most who are close friends after a time. I never take that for granted and am ever grateful!
We have a big responsibility to make art important to others, to educate and help others understand that art must be part of our everyday life, that art is timeless, historical, and a rare gift to the world. We can serve as ambassadors for art, or we can be arrogant fools, sneered at by the world. With privilege comes responsibility.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…….
Braised Red Cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
2 (16-oz) jars sweet-and-sour red cabbage (drained)
1/2 cup fresh pre-diced onions
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Peel apple, if desired, then chop (about 1 1/2 cups). Combine all ingredients in microwave-safe bowl and cover.
Microwave on HIGH for 3–5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir and serve. (Makes 6 servings.)