Have you seen the cruel jokes coming out of the alleged "art schools" locally? One of the problems is that the teachers are teachers because they could't support themselves by being artists. They give the students a false sense of validity for whatever kind of next new thing they're turning out. A firm grounding in classical education and style, that is learning HOW TO PAINT rather than just paint what you feel, is a good way to start.
I suppose you could be the kind of artist like Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons where you have other people do the real work, and try to get as much media attention as possible thereby making your name well known. Anyone in the real art world knows that these guy's real art is art of the sale. If your work sells because your name is popular then you're not really selling your work based on merit, other than that of celebrity. Ever hear of Odd Nerdrum? He's a real artist. He's a master of his craft and really understands how to use shape, light and atmosphere to it's most dramatic effect. Thomas Kinkade? Illustrator.
Why is folk art so popular? It's because it's understandable and plain spoken. Folk art doesn't have the pretension that so called modern, or post modern art does. People will buy that but it is usually because it's cheap and often humorous...plus it has dots on it and who doesn't like dots?
Why people don't buy art is another question. Often times it's because it's expensive and they're cheap. Most people don't have the confidence to buy a piece of art even if they really like it. Perhaps the public needs to be better educated. You've seen those people walking around with some designer's name on an ordinary T-shirt? There is a sure sign of someone so insecure that they need validation through someone else's name.
Nothing like being loud and proud and ignorant for all the world to see.
When she starts out with "Don't yell at my M**F**baby" several times you get an idea of the parenting style. How many times have we seen this kind of person and the kids we're paying for out in public being an obnoxious nuisance?
The icing on the Sh** cake is when the baby daddy comes up to protest that the guard would dare endanger his kids "Are you trippin'?" when he stood by while his baby mama and her chorus shrieked vulgarity and postured threateningly towards the poor guard. He didn't seem to have a clue that his standing by while this all transpired showed much worse threat to their lives than the guard reining in his out of control baby mama. A little responsibility isn't too much to expect is it?
I'm fairly progressive in my thinking for social programs but if this is the outcome count me out! This is propagating a permanent underclass that is a true detriment to our society.
I'm also pretty sure when babymama gets wind of the money being donated for the benefit of the guard, she will of course feel she's entitled to most of it. Truly disgusting.
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