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This article by Liz Meriwether is pure gold. It catapulted me back to a time when I had the privilege of working with some incredibly gifted people. Fine artists, high rollers, big money, big attitude, zero patience. Everything had to be “just so.” No compromise. These artists left me awe-struck and they drove me insane, in equal measures.
I would therefore like to add to Liz’ views so brilliantly stated in this article, that in order for extraordinary vision to become reality, it’s usually not the creative alone who is responsible for their success. They are the drivers of their vision 100%, but there also needs to be a sympathetic and sensitive support system in place, at least one trusted person close-by with a firm grip on reality. Someone able to negotiate the outside world and its demands with the artist’s interests in focus. The artist’s partner/spouse/assistant often has that (thankless) role. Many think this is glamorous work and it is to some extent, but believe me: it comes at a price.
Creativity needs reality and reality needs creativity.
"It’s not enough to have extraordinary vision; you have to know how to turn that vision into something that exists in the very flawed, complicated world of human beings and money and phone calls. To do that is an endless battle, especially if what you see in your head is unimaginable to other people."