The Artist Is In


There are so many types of art, I feel amazed that I feel a sense of respect for all of them.

Sure there’s “modern art”, that tongue-in-cheek form of artistic expression which seems more accidental than planned, but I still have some respect for it. After all, it does supply us all with a focus for our sarcasm. You can’t look at a canvas covered in speckles and drips and think of it as a 100% serious endeavor. If you can look at some of the examples of modern art without a laugh, a chuckle, or even a snicker, then I think you probably have a sad and sorry life. Learn to laugh more.


Aside from the so-called modern type of art, there’s art out there in which the artist has attempted to capture the beauty of life, whether it’s in the form of oils on canvas or photography or even noodle art. The artist struggles to express the feeling they received through an experience. That’s where my respect originates, in that desire to show others what your experience, even to attempt to transfer that experience to someone else. It’s one of the most noble causes. Right up there with childbirth.

And that’s exactly how some artists feel about showing off their work. It’s as labor-intensive as childbirth. It makes you hyper-tense, it makes you sweat, and it makes you want to scream out for spinal drugs. “Kill the pain, before I expire!”

Artists sometimes get too dramatic about their art.


Finally, I’d like to say that there are people out there who, despite their overly-dramatic self-derision, have earned some respect as they make their art better and better every day. If you see them, and see through their low self opinion, then the next step is to tell them what you really think about their art. Do you enjoy it? Or does it make you want to leave the room in a hurry? Or does it make you want to display the work in a conspicuous place where everyone can see it? Do you want to come back later when they’ve improved? Do you want to share it? Maybe you want to say, “I know the artist personally. Isn’t this a fine piece of work?” Do you want to help others see the beauty of the art?

If so, then that’s what you should do—help others see the beauty of the art.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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