I say “working in the studio” you think “he’s not doing anything important”

Most creatives reading this understand that title. Below are some actual quotes from family, friends and strangers offering me unsolicited advice and insights. Some of them are actually nice, others …. part of the job I suppose.

– “I’ve never seen anyone work so hard in order not to work”

– “What are you going to be when you grow up?”

– “If it’s important to you then it’s worth it.”

– “Must be nice.”

– “Do you sell your stuff online?”

– “Do you want to go to [some event] with me instead? I have an extra ticket.”

– “Can I stop by? I need to talk to you.”

– “What kind of art do you do?”

– “Let me tell you about the kind of art I like / don’t like.”

– “My [somebody] was a really good artist. You must of heard of [whoever]? No!? Hmmm.”

– “That’s super.”

– “Is there an admission fee to your show?”

– “You should sell calendars of your work.”

– “I like everything up to the Impressionists.”

– “Do you actually sell your work?”

– “Call me if you do anything in blue.”

– “I can draw a horse.”

– “Maybe you can get a job teaching art.”

– “We should have a party in your space.”

– “You know, painting celebrity heads on funny bodies would sell really well.”

– “You’re very lucky. Most people can’t afford to be an artist.”

– “I know a really talented artist. She’s also a Bio-Engineer Scientist, scratch golfer and Rhodes Scholar.”

– “There’s already too many artists.”

– “You went to school for that?”

– “I’m a photographer.”

– “Did you hear about that painting in the news that sold for [lots of money]?”

– “I believe art should look like something.”

– “I have an idea for a children’s book, and need an illustrator….”

– “Ever design a logo?”

– “What is art?”

– “Did you see that [huge exhibit] at the [huge museum] last year?”

– “I like your earlier work.”

– “I have a painting at home that I don’t know who did it”

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