About Dave

Bio

I am an active artist, painting and illustration mostly. I am at the beginnings of trying to expand what is currently a fundamental personality trait (art) into something bigger, whatever that may be. Notoriously deep thinker, trying to identify where legitimate principles begin and cynicism ends.

An idea worth spreading

Abstraction is key to definition. Through the removal of recognisable form the individual is forced to define the space and colour, with the acknowledgment of the relativity of perspective. This is then translated to the world outside of art. When the definition of success, values and everything else is cultivated by the individual, independent of established objectivity, the reality is more pliable, more recognisable and ultimately more applicable to the individual.

I'm passionate about

Art, honesty, integrity. The pursuit of personal awareness and development. Definition.

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Dave Wood
Posted about 1 year ago
How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values
I agree the question is complex, and the answer ultimately lies with me and my lady. The fact is that we both know we want to raise a family, not right away, but at sum point, hence the dilemma. I have for most of my life stuck vehemently to my principles, and find myself at a point now where those principles could stand in the way of the life we hope for. This has so far been a forum for insight, which is exactly what I was looking for.
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Dave Wood
Posted about 1 year ago
How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values
We are getting married in a months time so that is the focus for us right now. She is totally supportive of my artistic endeavours, whether I treat as a pastime or pursue it further, but believes my skill is wasted hung on just our walls. The reason I have begun this discussion is is in view to getting myself going post wedding.
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Dave Wood
Posted about 1 year ago
How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values
You have to take what I am saying in context. Logically, is it not reasonable for me to paint for no money but refuse to pursue financial gain on principle, hence counter-intuitive. I am attempting to try and make the most of my enthusiasm and ability for art without compromising my principles to a point where I would start to contradict the things I believe in.
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Dave Wood
Posted about 1 year ago
How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values
Thank you to everyone tht has contributed so far, the discussion, advice and information, regardless of whether I agree with it or not, is helpful, as I have been struggling to find a decent forum for logical discourse. The only instance where I feel the need to clarify is in the conflict between family and art. The two for me are not independent, my artistic development and progression is intrinsically dependent on the incredible woman who supports and motivates me, the shared desire to build a family and a value set of love, passion,honesty and integrity we have built together, my relationship basically forms, or at least re-affirms the very foundations of my artistic viewpoint.The dilemma lies in the conflict between these strong values and the necessity to forgoe some of them in order to create a modern, viable business. The focus on driving towards being able to cultivate financial integrity at the expense of artistic. I am aware that to discount financial stability for principles seems counter-intuitive, and is probably foolish, hence the personal debate, however I would always rather give a painting to someone who is investing something of themselves in the art than be paid by someone who isn't. Cheers again guys, your viewpoints are all helping me work through the problems.
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Dave Wood
Posted about 1 year ago
How do I cultivate an artistic career when the financial incentive is secondary or in some cases detrimental to the principles of my values
Thanks for the sites, I will have a more in depth look. In the past that has been a viable solution, working whatever job whilst maintaining creative development independently. I do however feel as though the time an energy required to really progress up the pay scale to a place that is feasible to feed a family is energy that could, and currently is, focused on my creative endeavours. Thanks again for the ideas.