Expression For Money or Expression for Self – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 698


I have decided to write a blog tonight and just see what points open up. I have started a new project recently at work. I really resisted starting this project initially because it challenged me to step out of my comfort zone.

I work as a professional artist, and one of the considerations I look at when creating the art I do is its saleability or ability to sell once I have created it.

Early in my career I never considered this at all, though as I got older and began to see and understand more about the system I was in, I understood that I cannot just simply ignore my environment and pretend that ‘money does not exist’ in fact, I have rather shifted to a more ‘practical approach’ with my art creation where now I do consider the financial aspect of creating and selling art.

With that said what I am realizing at the moment is that this does not mean you have to just ‘go for the money’ all the time.

With the current project I am busy with there is different dimensions of ‘value’ at play. And that I am understanding that its important to consider all the dimensions of value involved when I take on a project where always just going for what will bring the most money may not be the best value in the long run or even the short run.

With one of the projects I took on recently there is an ‘educational value’ component existent within it because I am doing something that I have been wanting to do and haven’t yet, and so to now have the opportunity to explore this new territory is actually quite valuable for me as I am developing new skills.

So a point to consider within all this is “What is Real Value”?

I have often pondered how with so much art in this world, money is the primary motivater to the degree where you have artists simply creating products and have not ever actually had the opportunity or even the awareness to have art be an actual SELF EXPRESSION. Imagine…What would create if you had all the money in the world and you could just create what ever you wanted simply as a self expression. This kind of expression has become foreign to us now on planet earth due to the degree of control that our money system has onto us and onto our lives.

And this expression is not even about art – It is simply about “What would you do”? What would you do if you had all your needs taken care of and had unlimited money so you could essentially do what ever you want?

What would you do?

How would you express yourself?

How would you contribute to this world we live in?

When humanity can actually stand at a point where these questions can in fact be lived by each individual on earth, then we will have evolved into a more advanced life form. Its interesting that this questions doesn’t really even exist in our current system – and I say “current system” because the system as our current money system which we have created around us does not support self expression but where instead we are forced to make decisions almost exclusively just to survive and figure out how to keep getting money so we can live.

To create an environment that nurtures Real Self Expression we will require a new environment, A new system, a new money system. To Support this transition I suggest the promotion and implementation of a form of Basic Income where ones basic living needs are met so that they no more have to exist and live in fear of where they are going to find money to live and survive.

For more information on how something like a basic income would work, please investigate “Living Income Guaranteed by Equal Life Foundation”.


The Original Creator – An Artists Journey To Life: Day 690


Today I was looking at the point of “where does a piece of artwork come from” This point was opened up in relation to a point at work where there were some discussions around ‘signing your artwork’ and ultimately the entire debate around ‘originality’ within the context of artwork and artists. Now some artists in the world have a team of people working for them where they come up with the ideas and the team will execute those ideas and the person that signs the work in the end will have varying degrees of involvement with the actual physical craftsmanship or creation of the item itself where you have some artists that are more hands on while others are not at all involved and more come into play with the conception of the idea and then the signing of the finished work, though will often also be standing as the name that is recognized and so integral in the ‘value’ that is then ‘paid for’ in such works which in turn creates the ability to employ a team of artists.

6a00d83542d51e69e20134886c59c3970c-800wiThis has always been a part of art where even 200 years ago there would be a studio filled with artists with varying degrees of skills working on projects together but normally under the banner of a single artist who today is the one ‘recognized’ or acknowledged when the particular piece of art is on display, with multiple artists who had a hand in creating the piece are not recognized at all.

Now this debate on who the ‘real artist’ is really not a debate at all. From my perspective all of the artists involved is actually the creators of the expression. The idea that one artist ‘takes credit’ is more based on humanities inclination to honor the EGO rather than to honor life within a point of Equality and so thus it is how we have created it to be at the moment. The transformation of the glorification of the individual into a point where each individual is recognized and honored as an equal expression of life is a point we as humanity must decide to create and then go about doing this as a deliberate direction.

So its understandable that artist studios would manifest today where a single artist is glorified and made king with all the worker bees are never herd of. This is essentially how the world works on a grand scale with the majority of people on this earth working for big corporations (The Artist) under a single banner like ‘Apple’ or ‘Amazon’ or ‘Walmart’ or ‘Ford’ or ‘Nestle’ ect where there is so much energy being used to create these massive companies however the distribution of wealth(recognition) within these organizations is completely imbalanced and not distributed based on each ones actual contribution.

I work as an artist as a job. And then I sign my pieces when I am done, but in reality if I really look deeper into this point and look at what is actually involved in such a creation, I see that it is quite a collective effort.

After all, in some cases, I need many thousands of individuals to work for companies for small wages so that the disproportionate funds can be allocated to one individual who then spends money on the art I make to then sustain me in the creation of more art.

I need many individuals making the clothes in factories that I can buy cheaply at wallmart to clothe myself to protect myself as I create the art.

I need someone to process the art supplies and materials I use to create the art.

I need someone to sell art to be able to finance a gallery which I can then sell my work through.

I need farmers to grow the food I eat to sustain me as I walk the process of creating art.

I need individuals to design and build the house I live in while I create my art.

I need a factory to create the vehicle I drive to and from work, and I need Parents to work hard to send their sons and daughters to engineering school to design the vehicle.

Of course I required my parents to have worked and made money to be able to create an environment where art as self expression can exist.

I need my body and therefore I need my heart to pump non-stop and the cells to work together to keep me healthy and living.

I need the trees to produce oxygen so I can breathe it in.

There is soooooo many components and dimensions at play in me being able to stand in a studio and produce a work of art, and ultimately I am simply standing in and representing a particular point in Life as a whole with this point/position being held together by a massive interconnected web of various components, individuals, parts.

So in the end I sign the work, but I did not create the work of art alone. It was a group effort, a collaboration, a culmination of various efforts, an expression of Life, not of simply me alone as an island.

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