Art & Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking
Bayles and Orland
Painting: "You Are Here" by Mike Farruggia
Chapter 4 ends with the admonition to artists to avoid courting approval from others, which puts a dangerous amount of power in the hands of the audience. Furthermore, others aren't in a position to determine whether or not we're making progress in our work since they have little interest or knowledge of our process. The only pure communication is between you and your work. So, only we know where we are.
Where we are ... conjures up another thought. I've learned that art is not a valuable commodity everywhere. Sometimes, we're lucky enough to live in areas where the fine arts are supported by numerous galleries, museums, and discerning collectors. Others of us live in areas that don't support the arts and must seek opportunities elsewhere.
The questions I have for you today are:
1. Do you live in an area that supports the arts and provides venues for you to show your work?
2. Which areas or cities of the world/country do you think are important for contemporary artists to display and sell their work?