Tag Archives: Value

Unmade Contributions

In every vocational situation you find yourself in, you try your best, if you have any integrity.  You try to accomplish good things.  Sometimes, though, the doubters win and you find that you cannot assemble enough belief, faith, support, resources … Continue reading

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Cheapness and Value

Lots of artists bemoan the fact that their work is undervalued.  When they adjust their prices downward, to sell anything at all, their work is regarded as cheap and is thus treated with a modicum of barely concealed contempt.  Why … Continue reading

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Tragicians

It occurred to me, the other day, that there was no word I could think of to describe what I believe is a very large group of people.  Artists are particularly well represented in this group (perhaps over represented), but … Continue reading

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Artists of Last Resort

Marvellous, isn’t it?  Artists spend much of their time having to justify their work as “real work” and must be prepared to defend their prices against anybody with a so-called “real job”, at a moment’s notice.  The very rich and … Continue reading

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Conjuring

To the uninitiated (and even to initiates), the process of turning nothing into something, as artists do, is mystical and magical.  How does the raw material mutate into a work of art?  What is the mysterious power of imagination to … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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A Parable

There was a quite remarkable man.  Not exactly clever, but he was very intelligent.  He realised, long ago, that for all the intelligence one could muster, wisdom was always difficult to gain, necessitating struggle and error.  He was not an … Continue reading

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