Yes we have indeed discussed this many times. I prefer to do it somewhere dark and cavern-like, where you can smoke and I can drink red wine. How
pretentious is that?
Yes, I do understand what you mean. BUT, having worked on my own projects many hours, days, weeks and believe it or not, years sometimes, never
getting it right; knowing how much energy and discipline goes into it and sometimes the output is... how can I put this? Blah.
I'm not for a minute telling you to sell out or to purposely hide your complexity because people won't like it. What I am suggesting is that
sometimes what we know are our true treasures, things we are trying to express ourselves with, sometimes don't hit the mark. Or sometimes they hit
the mark and we are the only ones who see it.
Simple things likewise shouldn't be discarded as the desires of the great unwashed masses. Not always at least.
I've read things aloud that I thought would be great and you could hear the proverbial pin drop. Seriously, seriously nerve-wrecking to be doing
something you think people will get and they don't.
On the other hand, I've written things in a few hours that people love. Should I hate that piece becaue it came too easily, or seems too pretty and
vacant? Maybe. It depends on the piece really. But not everything simple is worthless. Sometimes it has been working in the back of your mind and
comes out in one go.
You as an artist can't start dividing good and bad for other people. Yes, for yourself, of course, you know what works. But to put moral attributes
to a process like art that depends on visual pleasure, instinct and non-verbal communication, is like cutting off your own hands. And you kind of need
Paint what YOU want. If you happen to paint something people love, don't hate it or yourself. But if you start painting things on purpose ONLY becaue
people love them, or they will sell and forgetting what you know deep down inside is the real deal; then I will hate you.
[edit on 20-4-2007 by nikelbee]