Artist to Patron

artist to patron

Artist to Patron

Artist to Patron Notes

A common topic for a hobby artist is the lament that there is never time to paint. I t tell them that we always do what we really want to. We always make time for what is really important to us. There is no getting around it. If you watch tv, cook, do laundry, play with your kids, garden, golf, etc.etc, you are doing what is a priority for you in your life. If you are not doing art, then it is not as important to you as you may think or say it is.

Artist to Patron

Linda’s Rustic Paintings

When I was raising my kids I worked as a chef,caterer, cleaned houses and painted in between those tasks. I have always found a way to paint no matter how many other jobs I had, because it was important to me. If you are thinking about painting but not doing it, think about all of the little stuff you are doing which is not really important. Are you just making excuses and hiding from your art?

Linda’s Etsy Shop

I know a woman who insists on calling herself an artist but she hasn’t picked up a brush in 15 years. She has plenty of time to meet friends for lunch, and travel extensively, but she doesn’t have time to paint. I think there is a certain mystique in calling ones self an artist for some people. They don’t really want to paint but are loathe to give up the romantic notion that they are an artist. I’ve always considered myself to be a painter rather than an artist. There is nothing romantic about it really. It’s hard work and joyous but not very romantic when you make your living painting.

Artist to Patron

I don’t begrudge those who don’t really do any art but wish to call themselves artists. We all need something wonderful in our lives and there is nothing better than the arts.

Artist to Patron

What I would love to see is that those who don’t paint would redirect their interest toward supporting artists instead. Sponsoring or patronizing their favorite artist would mean so much more to them and to the artists they know. Some of them do become avid patrons and I believe they are happier and more fulfilled in that role. Let me say before you start throwing the rotten tomatoes, that I certainly have no say in anyone’s muse but my own and wish no offense to anyone.

Artist to Patron

Some of the former artists turned patrons, are so much happier as collectors or supporters of artists than they were as frustrated artists. They have a higher purpose in their lives. I don’t just mean financial patronage. Many of my supporters do favors for me, find me new collectors, share my paintings on social media, take me to breakfast and show kindness constantly.

Artist to Patron

The reality is that we have far more artists than collectors. Collecting is vital to the health of the artists who make their living from their craft. If I had a dollar for every hobbyist who tells me they have no time to paint, I would be wealthy in no time. What if every one of those began supporting other artists who must sell to survive? It is a thought worth considering.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……..

Todays Recipe:

Chili Casserole

2 lbs. ground chuck
2 can kidney beans
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups water
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 tbs. chili powder
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups grated cheese
1 pkg. Fritos
Cooking Spray
1 tbs. Canola oil

Sour cream and shredded lettuce to top at the table.

Preheat oven to 350°. Brown meat & onion in oil. Drain. Add tomatos chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, water. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Place a layer of meat mixture in bottom of baking pan. Add a layer of beans, then a layer of Fritos & a layer of cheese. Repeat layers. Leave last layer of cheese to top baked casserole. Bake 35 minutes. Top with cheese & continue baking until cheese is melted & bubbly. Top with Sour cream and some shredded lettuce.