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Thursday Nov 26, 2009

Gratitude

Feeling genuine gratitude despite your petty issues is a blessing for all concerned.

Here is an apt excerpt from my book, An Artist Empowered:

Although Pollock would become the icon, fellow travelers of that era such as Willem de Kooning, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Barnett Newmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, and Jacob Lawrence weren’t deterred from making art that was no less provocative. The works of these artists didn’t happen in a vacuum either; artists who had come before them had already done their share of the grunt work for expanding the understanding and appreciation of art.

Given this lineage of bold achievers, it is essential and healthy to express gratitude toward those artists who have set the stage for your art. Once it had been established that art didn’t need to be representational, the genie was out of the bottle: art was then open to being anything as the subject, as long as it worked.

Think about it.

Remember, the most original artist is influenced by everything of merit. If you envy instead of applaud the innovator, then not only have you missed the point and the opportunity for your own work to evolve, you are lost.

Happy Thanksgiving!