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Rebel Against Creativity Killers

Blue Pendant ~ oil pastel on canson mi-teinte paper

Image: Blue Pendant by Anima

Copyblogger's Brian Clark compiled quotes shooting down what history has proven to be great ideas. Here are a couple samples.

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” ~H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” ~Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Do you ever get those kind of responses to your artwork? As a visual artist, negativity and rejection flood in from all fronts: galleries, juried exhibitions, schools, instructors, critics, the media, collectors. We should expect criticism, listen contemplatively, and ignore, reject, and do the opposite of it most of the time.

By all means, improve your technical excellence and develop your style, but never, ever, ever, give in to the creativity killers.

One I've gotten a lot of: "Who wants a picture of some strange girl on their wall?" If you've seen any of my art, you'll notice I'm completely ignoring that one.

When have you rebelled against creativity killers?


Posted by Anima on May 21, 2008   0 Comments Links to this post


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