Blog: Does Success In Art Ruin Art?

Christine Alfery

Posted on August 31 2021

Blog: Does Success In Art Ruin Art?

Featured image: Going To My Happy Place

Does success in art ruin art?

Don’t Worry.

I procrastinate when starting a work and placing that first mark even on a blank sheet of paper. Why do I do that? Am I afraid of success or failure? Has it been so intrenched in me that money and success destroys the uniqueness of an artists work ?

Perhaps, as artists we should just create and be ourselves and not think about success or failure when we start or create. Instead, we should just enjoy the moment that we are in, the moment during the process of creating and not worry about whether the work will be a success or not. We should just create and learn and grow from everything we create and in every moment we live in the creative life.

I think of the song “Don’t Worry – Be Happy” as I write this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-IokVdKp9wHere it is a link to this song sung by Bob Marley

So:
“Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Don't worry, be happy now
don't worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry, be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy
(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry, be happy”

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