Would you keep on making your art if no-one gave you any money or recognition for it? For how long?
This is a question I sometimes have to ask my clients.
For more creators than we care to imagine, recognition can take a lifetime to achieve - if it comes at all.
There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the presence of greatness.
I was standing in the Trewyn sculpture garden of Barbara Hepworth in St Ives.
Are you as fed up as me of hearing that if you want to get on as an artist, you should steer clear of politics?
The perceived wisdom is that art and politics don’t mix. After all, you don’t want to alienate potential clients...
But are art and politics necessarily a bad thing to put together?
What do you hope to gain when you study the work of a great artist?
While all these are invaluable lessons, following another artist’s footsteps can mean a lot more than this.
Are you spending more time looking at other people’s art than making your own?
Do you feel you haven’t found your unique creative voice?
Maybe it’s time to go on an art diet!