Career, Creativity, Miscellaneous

Garden of Earthly Delights.

Whether a teacher or a student, you will have your share of disappointments along with the pleasures of making art. How you deal with them is the key to an engaging career. My favorite way of dealing with those disappointments comes from a funny and insightful friend. “Every time I sent slides to a gallery or entered a competitive exhibition and got back a form letter that mostly indicated nobody even bothered to look, I would go buy a shrub and plant it. I called it my ‘Garden of Disappointments.’ I have a climbing rose for an X gallery, a hibiscus for Y, and a flowering wild azalea for those dumb sons of bitches at the Z museum. I’m thinking of renaming it ‘My Garden of Earthly Delights.’

Keith Carter

Journaling helps me come to terms with my personal failures. I have a daily habit of writing two pages in my journal, preferably in the evening. On bad days, I can write up to five pages.

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