- Artists are influenced by other artist and the world around them.
- Artists transform ideas into their own creations.
- If an artist is too derivative of other artists, designers, craftsman or even nature they are thought to be a shameless thief (like in the movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” ) or a simple mimic.
- Artists live, work and play art. All of their experiences could, should and maybe seen in their art work.
- Artists communicate through visuals, sound, symbols (writing) and tactile experiences.
- Artists don’t stop working.
- A good artist evolves and is always communicating.
- Artists have skills that they have to continue to practice.
- Artists take and use criticism.
- Artists don't cut corners.
- Artists happened to materials in hand.
- Artists have a plan and a process.
- Artists have practice their process.
- If an artist does show anyone their art they are not an artist..
- Artists need to be fresh.
- Artists need to look at other art and artists honestly.
- Artists keep notebooks of ideas they want to make.
- Artists have a reason to keep notebooks.
- Artists try to stay away from bandwagoning ideas.
- Artists get ideas all day long.
- Artists try new mediums using what they know from their past to inform their new medium.
- If an artist works hard and lets their creativity flow they can do great work.
- Been precious is bad for artists.
- Good artists sell their concepts.
- Artists don't stop trying just because their art is not successful.
- Artists don't stop trying because their art is successful.
- Artists don't think everyone needs to be the same, in fact it's bad.
- An artists can look like anyone.
- Artists sometimes conforms and they pushing from the inside.
- Artists need a good process to make a product but a process alone will not make art.
- Artists look through lenses and transform what they see to a new message.
Now replace the word Artist for Teacher, wouldn’t you want your child to have a teacher with these attributes. I would.
My ideas - opinions are from my work experience as an artist and a teacher, I have tried a lot of things in my practice, some were good and some failed. At no point in this book am I going to “Hedge”, “Straddle”, “Flip-Flop” or take both sides of an idea or concept.
If you do not like my certainty that is fine. I have done the work in the classroom and in the studio, I am not a “Bundler” who brings other people's ideas, research, theories, examples of practice and puts them together for corporate off side or staff development day. I have done this work and have evidence of my success and failures.
If you disagree with me that’s cool too, you can put your time, money, life into teaching for 27 years doing different projects every semester documenting the results and write your own book.