Y’all know I’m a fan of Kelly Moore, the way cool Santa Fe artist with the amazing Shed at the Flea Market. I wrote about him here and offered a copy of his cool book, Absurdity is My Friend, as a give-away (more on that below). So I’m reading through this book again, which is filled with his paintings along with photographs by Kat Livengood and lots of Kelly’s own poetry, and I came across this poem and went, “Whoa.” I jumped up and sent Kelly a note and asked if it was OK if I shared it here, and he said, “Sounds great!” Kelly’s great that way.
So here it is.
Run the Other Way
if you want my advice
about becoming an artist. . . .
run the other way
use only factory made stretched canvas
i say find a piece of salvage lumber
and get creative
are waiting for a gallery to “discover them”
i say find a place artist dont want
and make it your own
are trying to get big bucks for their art
i say get a reasonable price
and dont collect your own art
hang out with other artist
i say stay away from anyone
who has time to shoot the bull over a cup of coffee
are on every social networking website on the internet
i say less is more
and last but not least
when it comes to advice
disregard everything ive typed
because as i sayd
run the other way
I love that, and it’s sound advice. I know there are lots of artists who do just fine with the commercially-stretched canvas and the big gallery rep and meeting friends every day for lunch. But sometimes it really does make sense to run the other way–the way less taken, the time less fractured, the life less lived online in 140-word bursts about why we’re stuck and can’t paint.
Kelly sent me two copies of Absurdity is My Friend to give away. I have one left, but this time I’m doing the give-away on my own blog, over at The Voodoo Cafe, because I hope to have better luck there with the winner actually getting in touch with their address. Zip over to the post there, leave a comment and then check back to see if you win–good luck!
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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