Thought for the Day

The following excerpt refers to twentieth century American painter John Sloan, who didn’t sell his first painting until he was past 40.

“When a friend asked him why he kept on [painting] in the face of so few sales, he replied, ‘The only reason I am in the profession is because it is fun.’” -p.28, Time-Life Books’ American Painting, 1900-1970

And now, a century later, Sloan’s paintings are exhibited at dozens of museums and galleries nationwide. (Good thing he kept on having fun.)

Image of Sloane in 1891 found on Wikimedia Commons.

4 responses to “Thought for the Day”

  1. He was so right to continue doing what he loves!!! I am glad you are doing the same;-))

  2. There’s hope! I recently read that some of my favorite authors hadn’t gotten published until late 30’s and 40’s. Just a reminder to keep working on passions, just for the fun of it too obviously….

  3. If, upon turning 40 I continue to get as many rejection letters as I have gotten lately, I will personally blame John Sloan for giving me false hope. (Hehe.)

  4. At least you’re brave enough to submit! I am so afraid of rejection that I don’t even take that first step, so props to you for taking that initial step!