What's the origin of the phrase 'Flash in the pan'?
There's reason to believe that this phrase derives from the Californian Gold Rush of the mid 19th century. Prospectors who panned for gold supposedly became excited when they saw something glint in the pan, only to have their hopes dashed when it proved not to be gold but a mere 'flash in the pan'.
Dictionary: A thing or person whose sudden but brief success is not repeated or repeatable.
Andy Warhol said "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes".
Of course Andy didn't know the internet would become such sensation.
The internet is an amazing tool, and at the same time is responsible for people seeking their "15 minutes of fame".
This is the first time in history that the masses have had arm-chair access to platforms for global celebrity.
The thing is, many artists don't know where to draw the line or don't even know there is a line, and they continue to create art that is either, not their own, or has limited substance. I see exemplified renditions of landscapes by the "Group of Seven" over and over again and I think, WOW! that's boring. That stuff has been done and beat to death years ago, and put simply, has little or no creative impact anymore.
Our world seems obsessed with instant gratification and being the first to generate something new. Most times, expedited intent produces a poor quality product, with limited longevity, which is responsible for one hit wonders and flash in the pan careers.
I have seen a lot of art, and I have my influences like anyone else, and when I spot something in my work that seems familiar, I question its originality and if I should use it.
Creatives that do well, generally don't look for shortcuts to fame but are focused on their own processes and know how to consistently develop them.
Longevity defines my journey as an artist and in spite of influences and temptation to copy, I have remained true to my own, unique, vision and process for creating art.
I can see myself at the end of my life holding 2 or 3 brushes in one hand, and one in my teeth while I paint my next original.
My work is about engagement; If I feel engaged then I know others will.
I have upcoming shows like "Inglewood Friday Night Market" Sept 15/2018, where I will have paintings and drawings exhibited plus, 4 paintings showing in Edmonton Jubilee and Calgary Jubilee from August to Dec 2018, Click here for details.
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