Pastel Pick of the Week | The Agony and the Ecstasy

The truth is, being an artist has its highs and its lows. Right? Sometimes, even amidst the success (you’re working hard, getting into shows, winning some awards), you may still be experiencing discouraging sales or other disappointments. Artist Aaron Schuerr ( opened up the conversation in a very honest blog post on his website yesterday (read it here). Judging by the number of comments on his blog and in Facebook, it’s clear that the story of artist self-doubt resonates widely.


The Sun Worshippers (pastel, 16×22) by Aaron Schuerr

But his post is, in the end, about the power of art to rejuvenate and how mental attitude plays an important role in the artist’s life. It’s very much worth a read. Plus, you’ll find the full lyrics to the song, “Move On,” by Stephen Sondheim from the musical play, Sunday Afternoon in the Park with George.

If you’re looking for a little creative kick-in-the-pants, this is it. Thanks, Aaron!


Aaron also pondered the artist’s life in “Beyond the Sunset,” an essay he wrote for Pastel Journal (June 2013) available here.




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