7. From Monet to Money

  1. Ashley Hancock
    Pencil, Pen, and Marker on Paper
    This piece represents the process an artist must take to become one that successful and recognized. The pencil marks represent the basic foundations every artist needs to successful at making art. The colorful streaks represent the steps an artist takes to become original and make powerful art.

    “Why don’t we spend less money on advertising and just make better airplanes?” – Bill Boeing [1918]

When does my fifteen minutes of fame arrive?



7 Replies to “7. From Monet to Money”

  1. I just waned to say that I’m not the leader for this chapter.
    What I got out of this chapter is that, fine art and commercial art are two different things, but to be successful in this world, you may just have to blur the lines a bit. Artists are hired by buisness people to get them to make their product more attractive. By adding some cool design and flare you have just helped the buisness man and have now made your art commecial. If you want your art work to hang in a gallery you either have to fit the guide lines of the owner, or be dead; as stated by Ted. Neither of these options are very fitting. Your art is there to satisfy you, not a gallery! You are supost to make art that comes from the heart, inspires you and to those around you. Also art can’t just mean something to you, or those in the art world. It has to mean something to others, like Ted says, “…unless your art engages issues that other people care about, it isn’t going to matter to them-and it probably won’t matter to you either. ” Then again money isn’t everything. Money is very much essential for every day life, but it’s no essential to live. You can make art and not get paid top dollar for it. No matter how much time, sweat, blood, and tears you put into a specific piece of art work, you’ll probaby never get paid how much it’s really worth. But then again what is more important to you, making art or getting money? Most artists go unrecognized in the world but still make art, because it satisfys their need to create art, not a company’s demand for commercial art.

  2. “A ready-made recipe for success: Be dead, or paint little white boats.”
    This statement, is terrible, even though to some extent, it’s true. Most people like art because it pleases them, not because they know the person slaved over it for hundreds of hours. The artist must create works that are going to be pleasing to them, not for everyone else. Personally. I don’t think that you have to fit into either Fine Arts or Commercial Arts. You can make art for the sake of making art. It doesn’t have to hang in a gallery or be used in some fancy commercial, you just have to like what you are doing with your art. And even if you wanted to be famous for your art, you shouldn’t have to be dead or paint little cookie-cutter sail boats

  3. “the starving artist”
    the preconceived notion that you wont see a penny for your artwork until you’re long dead. its kind of a haunting thought for an artist. “how on god’s green earth am i supposed to make a living this way?” no doubt is it easier to make money doing “commercial art” than it is doing “fine art”. it seems that these days every 12 year old with a computer knows how to use things like photoshop and such and can make “art” i think the biggest trick to fine art is the ability to make something that people havnt seen before. with art being around as long as it has thats kind of difficult. if you truly want to get paid for fine art what you need is drive. its sort of like what Mr. Orland said when he visited us. youll be going down a line aiming for a specific thing and you have to have the drive to get there. you might get bumped off track a little bit but you just have to eventually bump yourself back.

    ~Dustin Fell.

  4. I think that the title of this chapter is ironic, From Money to Monet…. Artists have always created art to put food on the table and to express themselves. Their art sometimes overlap as well, not all commercial art is not art and vise versa… Back to the chapter name, Monet made art strictly for money too. “I’m going to get down to a still life on a size 50 canvas of rayfish and dogfish with old fishermen’s baskets. Then I’m going to turn out a few pictures to send wherever possible, given that now, first and foremost – unfortunately – I have to earn some money.” (Claude Monet) I bet the majority of artists did not know that the Mona Lisa was a commissioned piece… Created for the Gherardini family. Art is so vast, I think it can be used for benefit and be great art in itself. Then again, I do like comic books and game art… But hey, my opinion is only mine.

  5. When I think art for money, first think that comes to mind is the modern artists such as graphic designers and what not. There doing art for no reason except a nice paycheck at the end. Its hard this day to be recognized as an “artist”, or someone that creates there own works for them self but also get money from people purchasing there art. Fine arts is no where as big as commercial arts. Commercial art has so many more factors, and will always be moving faster then fine arts.

  6. That opening quote just makes me smile every time I see it.
    I feel that this chapter really does a nice job of showing the young artists who are starting out just what the world has to say about art. There is a blurry line that artists must follow in order to ‘get their work in a gallery’, as so many have reiterated. Artists must make work that is important to them, as well as fulfilling to the outside world. However this may be taken is dependent on the artist, and the viewers of the artwork. As Mr. Orland stated, the adventure into persuing the arts professionally is not for the faint of heart. That statement in itself, as well as what the rest of the chapter, defined why I do not plan on being a professional artist. I will still keep art in my life, but it will not be the path to bring in money for myself. Much unlike Mr. Orland, I am terrified of things that are not definite, that do not have the security and are just free. I cannot even fathom living in such a life where I don’t know what I will have from month to month.

    Aside from all of that, I agree with Mr. Orland’s stance that we should do what we do, whether it be art or something else, because we want to. We should not be shoved in one direction because that is what our “audience” wants.

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