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So, does A.I. scare fine artists?

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

I confess. I played with the thing where you put input descriptive words and generate an A.I. image. You know what? It was actually fun. I can't really say whether it's art or not art. That's an age-old question anyway.

AI painting

On a flight recently, I heard a young man say to an older man- hey, I see that you're an artist. You should check out this A.I. program that my friends and I made that helps artists by predicting and filling in areas of a work so that the artist doesn't have to spend all that time doing it.

I bit my tongue, but inside I laughed and laughed. That poor kid doesn't realize that taking the time to make the art, the very WORK of it IS THE ART!

A.I. can do so much, and I'd be lying if I said it doesn't scare me in some ways. Here's the thing, though. The factory-produced (sweatshop) "art" available at Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and dare I say it- even IKEA has made people believe that "art" should only be a few bucks. That has already kicked fine artists in the teeth to the point that A.I. won't really affect the bottom line.

Then why do artists keep creating time consuming art the hard way and putting it out there?

I can't speak for all artists, but for me- it's dead simple.

I have stories to tell with paint, and I'm doing the one thing no A.I. or factory will ever do, I'm feeling the joy (and frustration) of creating!

There are still people like you who appreciate the skill, the story, and the struggle of the real art. My collectors are buying a piece of my joy-of-creating story- and of course their own story might joyfully eclipse mine or get mixed into it in beautiful ways. It's about connection at every level.

A.I. will make a lot of people rich and more efficient, but the A.I. still will feel nothing. The person using the A.I. probably won't have true satisfaction either. Or maybe they will. Even paint by number is strangely satisfying. Either way, it doesn't take away from what I do. Until the apocalyptical robot uprising....

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