Ten Things I Hate About Making Art (And Why I Secretly Love It).

A Satirical Journey through the Seven Deadly Sins, Loneliness, White Pages, and Crocodiles


Ah, the glamorous world of art-making! From the outside, it may seem like a dreamy endeavor filled with inspiration, creativity, and endless self-expression. But let’s peel back the curtain and dive into the satirical abyss of the ten things I absolutely despise about making art. As we navigate this humorous exploration, we’ll encounter the seven deadly sins, the perils of loneliness, the terror of the white page, self-doubt lurking in the shadows, the elusive ROI, and, of course, those sneaky crocodiles.

The Sin of Sloth: Procrastination, the Fine Art of Doing Nothing

Ah, procrastination, my loyal companion! As an artist, I’ve mastered the art of finding creative ways to avoid actually creating. Who knew that spending hours on YouTube or scrolling through social media could be disguised as “research”? Procrastination becomes an art form as I convince myself that binging TV shows, or perfecting my latte art skills, or rearranging my art supplies is essential for creative inspiration. Who knew that my sculpting tools could double as excellent paperclip organizers? The sin of Sloth sneaks its way into the art-making process, luring all us ‘artists’ into the seductive trap of procrastination. The siren call of distractions tempts us away from the work at hand, delaying our artistic progress.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Artist

Creating art can be a solitary pursuit, especially for us painters, sculptors, print-makers, animators, and filmmakers. We spend countless hours in our studios, crafting masterpieces while the rest of the world thinks we’re playing with Play-Doh or doodling in a coloring book. Creating art can often be a solitary pursuit, where hours turn into days and days into months spent in seclusion, especially for those who embark on the long-distance path. Hours turn into days, and days into months spent in seclusion, with only our thoughts and our art for company. The romantic notion of the tormented artist fades when faced with the reality of the empty studio and the echoing silence that accompanies our creative endeavours. But hey, who needs human interaction when you have a chisel as your best friend?

Wrath: The Battle with the Stubborn Lump of Clay or the Battle with the Blank Page

Ever had a wrestling match with a stubborn lump of clay that refuses to cooperate? Sculptors know the feeling. Nothing tests your patience like trying to mold and shape a material that seems determined to resist your artistic vision. But hey, who needs a stress ball when you can vent your frustration on a piece of unyielding clay? And what of the terror of the blank canvas or the intimidatingly empty sketchbook page! It stares back at us, mocking our abilities and fueling our frustration. The struggle between our artistic vision and the daunting expanse of whiteness can ignite a fiery wrath that only an artist truly understands, making each stroke of the brush or pencil feel like a battle against an unseen enemy.

Envy: The Green-Eyed Monster Stalking Among Artists and Roaming the Gallery Walls

Oh, the envy that prowls within the art community! We find ourselves caught in the never-ending cycle of comparing our artistic journey to that of our fellow artists. in every art exhibition. As I walk through galleries, I can’t help but compare my sculptures, prints, and animations to those of other artists. The creeping feeling of envy crawls up my spine as I silently curse the talent of others while secretly admiring their skills. Oh, the joy of the art world’s twisted version of “keeping up with the Picassos!” From brush strokes to gallery representation, we succumb to the toxic trap of coveting their successes, questioning our own worth in the process. The path to genuine admiration and camaraderie can be obscured by envy’s enigmatic veil. The green-eyed monster rears its head, causing us to question our own worth and perpetuating the toxic cycle of comparison.

Self-Doubt: The Devil on Our Shoulders

Self-doubt is the constant companion of the artist. It whispers in our ears, planting seeds of uncertainty and questioning our creative abilities. It casts a shadow over our work, making us question every line, color choice, and composition. The nagging voice of self-doubt can chip away at our confidence, leaving us teetering on the edge of artistic insecurity. We find ourselves trapped in a relentless battle between our desire for validation and the nagging voice that tells us we’re not good enough. Self-Doubt loves to remind me that my work may never reach the heights of artistic greatness. But who needs confidence when you can make friends with your doubts and invite them to a cozy tea party?

The ROI Riddle: Seeking Riches in a World of Masterpieces

As artists, we invest countless hours, resources, and our very souls into our craft. Yet, the elusive concept of Return on Investment (ROI) taunts us from the shadows. The eternal question arises: Will our art pay the bills or forever remain a labor of love? As print-makers, animators, and filmmakers, we know that our creations take time, effort, and resources. But finding financial success? That’s a riddle worthy of Da Vinci himself. Who needs to pay the bills when you have the unparalleled joy of splurging on the finest art supplies?

Gluttony: Feasting on Imagination, One Art Form at a Time

Indulgence in the art world knows no bounds! Oh, the feast of artistic inspiration! We devour art books, visit museums, and consume the works of our favorite artists, indulging in a gluttonous pursuit of creative stimulation. We consume art history, styles, and techniques with an insatiable appetite. We indulge in art books, museums, and the works of our favorite artists, consuming their creativity in great gluttonous bites. Yet, amidst this overwhelming abundance, we can find ourselves in a state of creative indigestion. The excess of inspiration can leave us feeling overwhelmed, unsure of where to channel our creative energies. But then again, who needs a regular diet when you can gorge yourself on the artistic smorgasbord?

Pride: The Artist’s Ego on Display

The artist’s ego, a force to be reckoned with. While confidence is essential for artistic expression, an unchecked ego can lead to delusions of grandeur. We navigate the treacherous path between healthy pride in our creations and the precipice of artistic hubris. It’s a delicate dance between recognizing our talents and remaining open to growth and critique.

Crocodiles: The Unseen Dangers Lurking Beneath the Surface

Just when we think it’s safe to go back into the studio, when we’ve conquered our artistic struggles and fought off the Seven Deadly Sins, those crafty crocodiles emerge from the depths. These represent the unexpected challenges that lie beneath the surface: technical mishaps, creative blockages, and the unpredictable nature of the art world. We fight or flee but the chomping ticking sound follows us on our daily swim. They remind us to stay vigilant and adaptable in our artistic pursuits.


Making art is a labor of love, fraught with challenges and often accompanied by the seven deadly sins. From battling the white page to wrestling with self-doubt and the pursuit of ROI, our artistic journey is far from easy. However, amidst the satirical frustrations and lurking crocodiles, we find the essence of our creative spirit. Embracing the humor in our artistic tribulations helps us navigate the path with resilience, courage, and a wink of laughter. So, fellow artists, let us navigate this tumultuous terrain with resilience, camaraderie, and a healthy dose of self-awareness. After all, it is within the chaos and contradictions of the artistic process that true creativity flourishes. Let’s celebrate the absurdities and triumphs of our creative odyssey, for it is within this paradoxical journey that we discover the true beauty of making art. And remember, in the face of those pesky crocodiles, keep creating and keep laughing!

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for satirical purposes only and should not be taken too seriously. Artistic experiences may vary. Crocodile encounters not guaranteed.

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