Motivation Monday: Are you a genius?

I just finished watching the documentary The Artful Codgers, and it's about a British family who basically cons the art world with a series of fakes.  The middle aged son makes the art, the mother makes the certificates of authenticity  and the father was the sales man.  The son never went to art school and never took any art lessons, he credits all of his education to the library.   The son would go to the library and look up art pieces in history that have gone missing and would remake them.  All in all the family made about 10 million dollars and sold 44 forgeries before they got caught.

I'm not saying to go forge something, but it's just  interesting all of that talent going to waste and how many people I know whom are talented and are not doing anything about it. Go make something!


Janice La Verne said...

Hi Erika, Your paintings are getting more wonderful every time I look at your blog. When is the opening for the 100 paintings? I'd like to try to go. I have so many fears too. Planes and heights are the worst. It limits me a lot sometimes. You have inspired me this morning. I have been STUCK, mostly by how busy I am at work and my majorly messy studio. So please know you helped someone today! Me! Thanks, Janice

Cindy said...

you know the entire brain really needs to be used to make a go of it - business + art. i suppose that applies to every kind of business if you think about it and selling art is a business. interesting story.

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Janice :) it's time to get unstuck!

Cindy you are so right about need a bit of a business brain in order to really make something work as a career.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who is an incredible painter but has no fantasya and creativity about her life and career. She has been all her life with just one gallery because she doesn't know how to get in contact with a new one. She has a computer but she can't use it. She lives next to three major tows but she can't drive. She just sits and complais that no one is getting in touch with her. I know a thousand of people like that...complaining is way easier than doing something!! People is lazy.

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

Bobbi- People are lazy but there is still talent!

Janice- the info for the show is here
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot 2845 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR. :)

Deer Little Fawn said...

That sounds like an interesting documentary, I watched one on a similar subject once before but I think it was just one guy not a family.
Good post! :)