I’m working as hard as I can and can’t get ahead.

1936 Temple of Dreams Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection m

“I’m working as hard as I can and can’t get ahead…”

That was a comment on one of the photo forums. Well, welcome to the world of being a photog!  In a world of 2 billion cell phone cams and $29 inkjet printers from Wal-Mart that is just how things are.

We all have to decide how much of ourselves to give to our art. There is no guaranty we will ever achieve anything with our art. Over the millennia, this is how it has always been with artists for the most part.

…from Scape Martinez

“Never give up! Don’t listen to the haters. Don’t try to be an artist unless you can work and live in isolation, without any thanks….bleak, but needed until you get to the much lauded place.”

The thing is, few if any will ever get to the ‘much lauded place.’ But, if we do our art for love and for the therapy of making sense of our world, we are never disappointed. Once we develop expectations we are sunk – for expectations are pre-planned resentments.

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