“… a successful art career has two phases, life & death. To be successful in life, you are making the paintings you want to make, and they are selling. This is allowing you a happy place to go to sleep and eat some good meals with your family, while also providing the means to keep making more paintings. To be successful in death, you’ve made the paintings you wanted to make, whether or not you have gotten to enjoy it. If you do it right, and get a little bit lucky, I guess you get to go both.” - Sam Friedman
Amazing interview from the February 2015 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.
A gentle reminder. I just finished reading Strapless by Deborah Davis, a look at John Singer Sargent’s (in)famous portrait Madame X. He was celebrated in life, but really only after the biggest failure of his career, a failure that threatened to destroy it before it really began. Following the painting’s stir at the Paris Salon of 1884, he struggled to find work, visiting the Cotswolds in England to restore his faith in his talents.
A recent visit to Point Reyes National Seashore (and a gorgeous golden hour hike to Arch Rock, photographed above) might just be that trip for me. I’ve been working on doing one thing at a time, and focusing on that happy place for sleeping and eating with my loved ones.