Artisan – Post 10 – Hanging With The Homeless

Artisan by Dan Joyce


Post 10

Hanging With The Homeless


“You need to be worrying about other things right now! Art is great, but it shouldn’t be a priority to you!”

“I don’t spend a lot of time on my art. Cindy is a professional artist, but it obviously takes hours for her to complete an oil painting. Right? Cindy, how long do you think it takes me to make a work of art?”

“I don’t know, about twenty or thirty minutes!”

“Exactly! Why not spend as much time as Cindy on my paintings, you may ask? Cindy and I are playing a totally different game. Cindy knows that if she spends that much time and craft on her oils, she will get a successful painting every time. But then, she has to sell it for hundreds of dollars. It’s a harder market. I play the numbers. I make ten watercolors or pastels, maybe four or five of them come out good. But only taking fifteen minutes using cheaper materials, I can sell them for ten or twenty bucks each and make some quick cash. Cindy, on the other hand, will have thousand dollar paintings hanging around her studio waiting for a customer. It’s a gamble. When she gets that for them, she has more money of course, but she can’t rely on that money coming in.”

“But you can make those kinds of paintings?”

“Of course, we both trained at the same school. Look at that portrait I did of Manuel! Twenty minutes tops! Quick cash! Yes, it helped me to know Manuel, his contrast in coloring, Hispanic ethnicity, but also he seems to come from money. He always has the hottest women around him and drinks the finest wine. If anyone could be a player it’s Manuel. Rembrandt was the greatest portrait artist ever, not just because he could nail a likeness, but he could capture the psychology of his subjects. Artists know a lot of people. It’s like Sergio said one time when he was drunk and probably forgot about it, ‘Artists have no social class. We break all economic barriers. One minute we’re dining on the hill with patrons. The next, we’re at the soup kitchen hanging with the homeless.’ It’s a volatile market. You sell to everyone what you can. I’ve even had homeless people offer money for a portrait. I say to them, ‘Look! I’d do it for free. But honestly, where are you going to hang it?’”

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