Top 10 Things You Should Never Say to an Artist

Never Say These Things to an ArtistThe other day I had some time on my hands and I started to make a list of things that I have heard in art gallery openings or overheard while at art fairs from the general public.

People who ask or say these things generally have no manners at all and of course, they have no idea what it is like to be an artist or what an artist’s motivation is when it comes to creating their art and being an artist.   The statement is in bold and what we all would like to say back to them (in italics), but don’t dare because we want to make that sale!

Here are the top 10 things never to say to an artist;

I could do that!“Then go do it…!”

You must have expensive equipment to do that!“If you had the same equipment you could do this?”

Is this finished?“Yes and I do not want to know what you think it needs!”

My 4-year-old paints like that!“Then go buy your 4-year old’s art”

That’s neat, you should be an artist.“Thanks, I will think about it”

Is that a Photograph?“Is that a compliment or a slur?”

That’s a good start… “See 3# above”

What is that supposed to be?“Shoot me before I scream!”

Can you show me how to make that?“Of course, I have all of the time in the world to show you… NOT” 

Can you please explain your price to me?“No, it is what it is. NEXT”

Another 5 That Will Make You Shake Your Head!

But what is your real job?“My real job is pretending to be an Artist”

No wonder you are starving!“Who said I was starving?”

Did you actually make that?“No. According to Ancient Alien, Astronaut Theorists Believe…”

I love that frame!“Oh good, because the frame is for sale with the art included…”

Photography is not art! – “Hey, Ansel… I got another one here who believes that….”

I am sure as artists that we have heard all of these statements or even more cringe-worthy statements and declarations from the public.  If you want to share any with us, please post them on our Facebook Page at  Try to keep them clean!


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