To Those Who Would be Artists: Beware of the geeks

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    This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery owner and founder of BoldBrush, known for FASO Artist Websites, the leading provider of professional artist websites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the free daily art marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed "art fanatic", Clint delights that BoldBrush's downtown San Antonio, Texas office is full of original art, as is his home office which he shares with his two feline assistants Kiara and Lilly. You can connect with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his personal blog at clintavo.com

     

    There is some truth to this quote by Jeff Hammerbacher

    “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” [1]

    If there is indeed a correlation between silence and creativity, then beware of what we, the geeks, have created.  We've built Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and many other services that are designed to tap into the same part of your brain that addicts people to slot machines...all with the goal of getting you to click on our ads.  We want to bring you back, over and over and over again so that you'll click on the ads and make us rich.  That sucks (for you, not for us :-)).

     

    The best way to sell art is to produce art that is so good they can't ignore you.  To do that, you need to spend time quietly.....the opposite of what the best tech minds of our generation are trying to get you to do.  We, the geeks, simply can not allow you that quiet time, because that might make you rich instead of us.  We need you to be a consumer, not a producer.  

     

    So......beware the geeks.  If you let us, we'll be happy to take your time, your money and your future.

     

    Sincerely,

    Clint Watson

    FASO Founder, Software Craftsman and Art Fanatic

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    Footnotes

    [1] Source: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_17/b4225060960537.htm

     






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