Poor Artist….Rich Artist….Which one are you?

Bad things happen to good (and bad) people all the time. Things they don’t ask for….things they don’t deserve. Sometimes they are horrible, unspeakable and unthinkable things.

Ophelia - by Millais
"Ophelia" by Millais

If this sounds like you….the way I see it?… you’ve got a few choices on how you deal:

  1. HELL: Throw yourself a hell of a pity party for one.
  2. PURGATORY: Do nothing. Make like Hamlet & watch your loved ones float down the river like Ophelia. (almost the equivalent of The Pity Party but ultimately involving others.)
  3. HEAVEN: Count your blessings, be grateful and celebrate the good things…like being an artist.

Rich, Richer, Richest

If I had a buck for every time I heard an artist whine and complain about something, I’d be a rich woman…AND…I’d still be an artist, but richer.

If I had a buck for every time I heard an artist say something inspirational, create something that moved me or made me think, I’d be a richer woman…AND…I’d still be an artist, but really, really rich.

I am an Artist….with a capital “A”.

I am rich…but it doesn’t have a damned thing to do with money.


Oh…that’s RICH!

Midas and Bacchus - Nicholas Poussin
"Midas and Bacchus" - Nicholas Poussin



This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. M.K. Hajdin

    I’ve always felt there’s a thin line between “positive thinking” and victim-blaming.
    Complaining is just a thing humans do sometimes. It makes more sense to take it in stride than attack the person for talking about their problems. Unless the person does nothing BUT complain, that is. Even then, harsh criticism doesn’t usually inspire them to change.

    1. Janice Tanton

      I think it just might be “easier” to complain…more challenging to have difficult conversations, understand the issue and take steps to effect change when there is a problem. The “easy” out has become the accepted way in our complacent, instant-gratification society.

  2. Alan McGinn

    Idescribe myself as a Millionaire Artist. I haven’t made the million yet, but I’ve got the Artist bit. I’m still working on the millions.

  3. @andyhunterart

    i may not be financially rich but i am artistically the richist man in the world.i must be as my main influences are space,the universe and the natural pallet of colours nature provides.i feel spritually rich from helping animals and the earth that have no voice to help themselves,generally from treatment from mankind..see my abstract painting called “earth whore”.an expression of mans greed

  4. Neil McBride

    I’m a rich artist until I sell something. Then I feel a loss (sometimes)

  5. Tahirih Goffic

    Janice, you rock! What a great post…I myself feel like a millionaire, but not because of money 🙂

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