Art Quote of the Day

” There’s a pervasive myth, shared by artists and non-artists alike, that art is a product of genius, madness or serendipity.  Wrong. Art is not the chance offspring of some cosmic ( or genetic) roll of the dice.  Art is mostly a product of hard work. When you look back on the results of a lifetime of artmaking, even the role that talent played is insignificant.  Living life productively, however, is very significant.  If you learn to live your life productively, your artwork will take care of itself.  If you do not live your life productively, nothing will save your artwork – not even talent.  One of the less-advertised truths about art-making is that it’s more important to be productive than to be creative.  If you are productive, your creativity will take care of itself.  If you are not productive – well, if you’re not productive , then how exactly is it you intend to be creative?”

-Ted Orland, from the book THE VIEW FROM THE STUDIO DOOR –