12/11/2005: "Updates / How to Become a Famous Artist... (part II)"
Well, in keeping with my new goal to do a little web updating every weekend I updated my in progress gallery, and also added thumbnails to my purchases page and updated my commissions page as well.
Also, I tried to finish that book How to Become a Famous Artist and Still Paint Pictures" but after an interesting beginning (I'll paraphrase "You have to come to terms with the fact that you suck and your paintings will never sell and they'll just collect dust in your attic until your humiliated heirs throw them away one day").
The whole time he's telling you that, he intimates that he has secret knowledge that will turn everything around for you. After chapters full of teasers he finally gets down to brass tacks and it turns out his big advice is to read the social pages of your newspaper, ingratiate your way into the "important and influential crowd of rich people" in your city, where you will proceed to manipulate these individuals vanity and avarice in order to get a solo exhibit at the gallery of your choice and sell all of your paintings.
He also recommends paying upwards of 5 grand on a professional looking catalog of your best 20 paintings. No where does he even mention a little thing called the Internet (though I admit after the big about manipulating the rich and powerful I started skimming a bit) and the chapter I'm getting to explains why you should move overseas to an expat community.
More to come...