Thursday, April 15, 2010

Growth... Choices and Chances

When Alice ate the Mushroom ,she had to make a choice.
Which side should she eat?

Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and, as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand.
As artists we are faced with a choice every time we sit down to create.
Do I want to Grow as an Artist or do I want to Grow my Income ?
Should I create something that I can sell ?
Should I create for Arts sake only ?
For most of us ,the ideal goal would be to grow with complete freedom of creativity
and to have the things we create be marketable !

But, how do we achieve that balance ?
Which side of the mushroom do we eat ?
If we eat the Merchandiser bit only,do we risk loosing artistic integrity ?
If we eat the Art for Art's sake morsel,do we chance the loss of welcome income ?

Is the division really always clear or do we have trouble
trying to make out which are the two sides of it ?
I suppose we must
just stretch our arms round it as far as they will go, and break off a bit of the edge with each hand.
Taking small bites from each piece in turns ,we grow a little this way ,a little that way.
Our goal should be to keep our growth at a balance we find pleasing and acceptable.
In the end, I think the important thing is that we...
Bead Happy !!!
m.e . :)
Decision Maker Pendants by m.e.

*mushroom photo by my daughter Annie ...I'm a proud Mom :)


  1. A thought-provoking post, certainly issues that we all face while following our passion. The mushroom photo by your daughter is've got a budding photographer!

  2. I agree, its a hard decision to make and one my hubby and I were talking about the other day. This is something that artists are constantly having to think about and I still don't know the answer. I love that photo by the way!!

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