Being an Artist – Why It’s Not About the Money

What is an artist, the fine artist, artisan, and a craftsman?

Artist-is an individual who creates products for commercial businesses. Two examples are graphic designers and book illustrators.

Fine Artist-An inherited talent to create original, visual, and beautiful objects of art for aesthetic values. Examples include oil paintings and hand sculptures.

Artisan-independent craftsmen who create projects for both beauty and utility. Two examples are glass blowers or a carpet maker.

Craftsman-Replicates utilitarian objects as a tradesman or craftsman. Examples: carpenters build houses and tradesmen build furniture.

Often people use these words as they choose and not by definition. Misuse of these words cause confusion.

Most important for any artist or artisan is gainful employment. Fine artists have gainful employment during prosperous economies. Their creations are original or one-of-a-kind and the price will be high. People with disposable incomes purchase nonessential works of art.

Craftsman replicates utilitarian type art and work year-round regardless of the economy. People need houses, clothing, shoes, tools, vehicles, furniture, and more compared to owning original jewelry, a statue, or an oil painting.

Artists and artisans need to be entrepreneurs and function as solo business owners or contract employment. Craftsmen or tradesmen work for salaries in larger companies.

Why are artists and artisans struggling to make money?

They do not talk about money because it is impolite, or it is not important.
There is a lack of money sense, interest, status, or money management
.Money is thought to be the root of all evil.
The creation of art or craft work is more important.
Money is not important because love, saving the planet, and world peace are more important.
Families and communities make them feel uneasy as artists. They appear to be playing and lack no work value.
Money is not important, and they never seem to have money to understand its value.
A lack of money or financial knowledge and understanding of how money works. Feeling of a sense of worthlessness or shame for not making money.
Fear of having money.
People consider artists as being poor and struggling; those who believe this are.
Feelings of uneasiness asking for money.
No knowledge of how to price am object or how to sell it.
Lack of self-confidence and not knowing our worth.
Too critical of our work as we see flaws in our workmanship. We cannot see or understand that buyers see the beauty or the personal use of the product; not its flaws.
Not comfortable selling a piece of our creativity, which makes us feel that we have put a price on our self and sold our souls to the devil.
Under charging the price of an article to not look greedy.
Poor negotiation skills with potential customers.
Dislike or hate preparing paperwork associated with recording our profits and expenditures, income tax forms, and other matters of financial business.

The Lost Library of Hernando Columbus

Everybody has heard of Christopher Columbus – the famous “admiral” who stumbled upon some islands by sailing West from Europe to find a new route to Oriental lands. He didn’t realize there was a continent barring the way to his destination. Within decades, this unexplored land evolved into a lucrative transatlantic empire for Spain. Columbus had two sons. Hernando was Christopher Columbus’ only illegitimate son; Diego Columbus was the explorer’s legitimate son. While Diego continued his father’s legacy as governor and admiral of the Indies, Hernando set his sights on becoming a scholar by building the largest collection of printed books that existed.

University of Cambridge literature professor Edward Wilson-Lee recently published “The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books” (2019), which is the only book detailing the life of Columbus’ second son Hernando and his incredible obsession with books. Just as his father explored lands for gold and Christian converts, Hernando explored bookshops for all of the printed books and maps he could find. His goal was to create a universal library of books that could be shared with the Spanish people who sought information on every topic in the world. Hernando’s huge ambition would turn his great library into the first “database” of information. He pursued these books by frequently traveling to visit most of the bookshops in at least fifteen major European cities and bought every new book that had recently been printed. At the end of his life in 1539, he had acquired over 15,000 to 20,000 volumes.

Hernando was born in 1488 which is important due to the fact the printing press had been invented forty years prior and first used to print manuscripts into books. He started collecting in 1509 until his death in 1539 which put pressure on him to collect all printed books in the last sixty to eighty years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.

Hernando wanted to build his library with all known printed books, because he wanted to catalogue all human knowledge in every language and every subject. He couldn’t do this monstrous job alone, but paid an army of readers to summarize every book he owned. Early In 2019, a thick 2000-page volume had been discovered in Scandinavia, which was entitled, “El Libro de los EpĂ­tomes,” or “Book of Epitomes” which had been missing for three hundred and fifty years. It summarized the contents of many books and classified them into some sort of systematic structure. Lee believes that many of the books summarized in this collection do not exist anymore. Fortunately, however it shows what Europeans read over five hundred years ago (“Typeroom” website, Aug 2, 2019).

Christopher Columbus’ second son is an underrated historical figure who singlehandedly bought almost every printed book since the invention of the printing press in 1450, from 1509 to his death is 1539. Although little had been known about Hernando until Professor Edward Wilson-Lee shed light on the book collector’s life in his recent biography, “The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books”. He recognizes Hernando as creating the original database “search engine” with summaries of his many books. According to the author, Hernando “collected everything he could lay his hands on. Manuscripts, pamphlets, tavern posters – all made their way into his library.” (“The Guardian”).

After almost thirty years of wandering the streets of Europe, exploring bookshops and buying every one he hadn’t bought, Hernando died, as well as his books. Today only one-fourth of his collection has been stored in the Cathedral in Seville, Spain since 1552. Many were either stolen and others were damaged by flooding. Yet that many books are a huge amount, even in today’s quantities at the average-sized library.

6 Areas. Where A More Pragmatic Approach, Makes Sense!

While political candidates, often, resort to making lots of empty promises, and using idealistic rhetoric (and proposing ideas, which while needed and necessary, won’t be achieved, without a plan, which will be enacted), today, perhaps more than at any time, in recent memory, we need to elect someone, whose goals are relevant, and sustainable, but also, has a well – considered plan, including get necessary legislation, and some degree of bipartisan support, implemented. This focus, which I refer to as, pragmatic idealism, is a sensible, far more achievable, way to make a true difference, and changes, for the better! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 6 areas, where this seems to be a logical, more sensible, meaningful, course of action.

1. Healthcare; Health Insurance: Instead of proposing Medicare – For – All, which may, or may not, be feasible, and preferable (we can’t be sure, because neither side, provides the real numbers), wouldn’t it make sense, to use more common sense, with the intention of creating a meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good, and look for a way, to create universal health and medical coverage, in an affordable way? What good is any idea, if it won’t become law? Since, many agree with me, that quality health care must be a right, instead of merely, an available privilege, it would be better, to focus on a way, to align, a public option, with improving and tweaking the intentions of the Affordable Care Act, etc?

2. Tax reform: President Trump, and his partisan allies, hailed the tax legislation, passed, largely along party lines, as a great law, for the middle class, and a panacea, for our economy, etc! However, two years later, even most of those, who believed this, then, realize, it mostly benefited, the wealthiest Americans, and largest corporations, without making much difference for most of the rest of us! Don’t we deserve better? While some candidates, in a populist approach, call for a wealth tax, wouldn’t improving the tax brackets, etc, and having a higher one, for the very wealthiest, be, both fairer, and easier to achieve?

3. Wealthiest paying fair share: Many of the wealthiest people, as well as largest corporations, pay little, to no taxes! Shouldn’t the intent, of a tax system, based on a graduated income tax, be restored, in a fairer, and more equitable way?

4. Climate Change: Although this President, seems to be a Climate Change Denier, the first thing, we need, is to elect individuals, who instead of denying science, and reality (which the rest of the world, seems to admit), but someone, who motivates and inspires us, to responsibly, protect the future of the planet, for generations, to follow!

5. Environment: Trump seems to equate, nearly everything, in terms of short – term, economic impacts and conveniences, and protecting our environment, seems to be a low priority, to this President! He has weakened, through Executive Orders, protecting these, by several actions, including: permitting dumping in streams, etc; weakening gas mileage standards; permitting drilling, etc, in previously – protected areas; etc.

6. Immigration policy: Even, some members of his own administration, have admitted, the American economy, needs more immigrants, rather than fewer, in order to operate, as effectively, as possible, President Trump, has, apparently, taken every opportunity, to use these individuals, as scapegoats, for a variety of fears, etc!

Wake up, America, before, the nation, and our world, are weakened, beyond being recognizable! It’s up to all of us, to elect people, with viable, idealistic, pragmatic plans, instead of merely, empty rhetoric, etc!