Had an interesting discussion with my drawing instructor today. She says she doesn't like Picasso's work because he only did it for the money. I thought "I'd like to make some money with my photos." I kept my mouth shut. She claimed that Picasso only thought of each new approach as a money maker. She says his cubist paintings aren't authentic. (Her word, not mine) I just asked questions and did not express my own personal (more typical) feelings of awe and appreciation for Picasso, no wonder what kind of nut job he may or may not have been in his real life. She recognized that her disdain for Picasso was a road rarely travelled.
She even went as far as to say the Guernica did nothing for her. I told her how when I was in elementary school someone donated an endless supply of guernica prints to the school. We used the backs of them as cardboard. It was a very nice cardboard, but as a little kid I was completely disturbed and utterly horrified at what was on the other side. I recall one teacher along the way instructing us not to look at the print on the other side. (Yeah, right!)
Back to my own personal work, Hell Yeah I want to make money from it! That way I can justify making more and more and more of it, and what I want to do is make more. Not sure why that would percieved as a negative.
I feel I should mention that my instructor appears to be the kind of non conformist free spirited person who does not even bother looking in the mirror while she ties her long gray hair back and slips on the clothes of someone who is about three sizes larger than she is, which may or may not have been washed in the last season or three. Maybe that is why she equates art and profit in a negative way.
In other news ..... I dropped off my submission to the juried show at the local art center today. In what I view as a weird way to see my work, if they like what they see on your CD then they call you and ask to come to your own studio and see your work in person. Really? I have to let someone in my house if they like my work? That seems weird to me. I'd much rather show up at their place with a portfolio under my arm.
But the thing I want to remember about dropping that CD off today is how unadulterated wonderful I felt to do this thing that is making an effort for me. To be honest with you people, it was weird and wonderful at the same time. I don't think I would have done it had the nice lady atthe art center not recommended I submit to this show, and for that I am thankful. I know I need a puch and such a show of confidence from a stranger, who merely liked the way I thought about someone else's photos, was enough of a push for me.
I will find out about this show on Valentine's Day. Right around the same time I find out if Y@le wants to see my real prints or not. Fingers crossed! Wouldn't it be funny if in the end I have to make it all with my own effort and end up never ever winning the lottery? The lottery is big again and you know I'm in it to win it! Dollar and a dream, right?