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The Devil's in the Details

on October 9, 2010 - 11:25am


I don't know how I come across on the blog, but I generally feel fairly insignificant in my role as artist in the world. No, this isn't a "woe as me" statement. It's actually not even a classically Canadian self-deprecating statement. It's a simple fact. I mean, you folks know me, but it's not like I'm being stopped as I walk the streets of Toronto by people saying "Aren't you Ghoul Friday?". Halloween lovers and fellow haunters know my blog and my handle, but that's different. I'm part of an online community.

I'm talking about my presence amongst the masses, the folks I see in 3-D. The ones who can actually pick up my pieces, turning them in their hands, and not just rely on images I've uploaded.

And I always think I'll never see the people who buy from me ever again. Even if I did, I imagined it would be a passing "Hey, I know you. You're the eyeball lady".

How to Be an Artist for Life

on June 13, 2010 - 8:36am

Robert Genn was asked what his advice would be for someone who wanted to make a decent living as an artist. Here are the ideas he offered as an answer:

  • Know that others have gone where you wish to go.
  • Put "getting good" ahead of "making a living."
  • Learn to be alone and to be your own best critic.
  • Cut back on impedimenta and outside distractions.
  • Work more hours than the average factory worker.
  • Notice interesting directions and go there again.
  • Become a perpetual student of your own progress.
  • Don't expect too much help from anyone or anything.
  • Stick to your vision, but don't fear change.
  • Do not be adverse to developing skills.
  • Know that raising standards has to be chronic.
  • Know that marketing is easier when you have quality
  • Be curious about everything, including how you turn out.
  • If you fall in love, accept the gift, surrender.

Thriving is all about self-education. 'Go to your room,' is my advice that has had the most significant effect. Funnily, all kinds of would-be lifers somehow neglect to do just that.

I thought I would share these for people who simply want to know how they can become a better artist. Many of the points ring true for me, and also reinforced my own beliefs on the subject.

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Kathy Staico Schorr

on October 22, 2009 - 8:09pm


This post is late in the day not only because I've been running around, but because I couldn't decide which Kathy Staico Schorr piece was my favourite.

I still can't decide, but I chose this one for the post.

Check out her wonderful blend of surreal art with a vintage Halloween flair, all waiting for you on her website.