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The LivThe Orange County Great Park has asked me to speak at a unique event known as “The Living Rooms Talks.”

The Living Room is an installation space that provides a community gathering place for engaging, intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Exhibition décor, curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, features artwork by Orange County artists Jennie Cotterill and Chantal deFelice.

The Living Room Talks take place on the first Sunday of every month from 1–2 p.m. featuring artisans, entrepreneurs and raconteurs sharing their inspiring stories of collaboration.

I’ll be speaking on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Please come and join us!

Orange County Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618


I have mixed feelings about a brutal piece recently written by Mat Gleason for the HuffPo entitled Ten Most Overrated Los Angeles Art World Stars.  What bothered me most was that Gleason took his critical tongue beyond the art and directs his attacks on a personal level.  Being overrated (or underrated, for that matter) is not within the control of the artist.  Their level of success and presence in the public space is often shaped by the words of critics like Gleason.

Ultimately, though, I am pleased to see that the art at issue is causing a conversation – albeit a scathing one-sided bashing.  To me, creating a thought provoking debate is as great of a success as any artist could hope for.  That being said, I would much rather see an article covering the 10 Most Underrated Artists in Los Angeles.

What Motivates Us?

A captivating animation of Dan Pink’s discussion of motivation in which he explains why money alone is not a sufficient motivator for more cerebral. as opposed to manual, tasks.  While Pink fails to include artists in his discussion – relying instead upon highly skilled/educated programmers and the like – I believe artists clearly fall into this category.  This explains why so many creatives remain true to their art even in the face of financial ruin.  Therefore, money alone is insufficient to drive an artist for any extended period of time; a greater purpose of some sort must exist to truly motivate a creative.

What’s your motivator?

Too often creative-minded people focus 100% of their attention on their craft and forget to safeguard themselves from crippling legal and business issues that prevent financial success. This site is designed to provide artists of all mediums (authors, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, etc.) with critical legal knowledge and business concepts to further their creative careers by protecting both their work and themselves from potential legal pitfalls and business failures.

In order to provide you – the creative – with relevant content, I am going to need your help. Ideally, each post will serve as a prompt for conversation. If I discuss an issue in a way that’s helpful to you, please let me know. If you would like more information or clarification, leave a comment. In addition, please contact me at any time with questions, suggestions, or ideas as to what topics would be most helpful and interesting.

I am sincerely looking forward to building a community around this site and making an significant impact in the lives of artists. Thank you in advance for your participation, attention, and interest in serving the creative class with me.

Dedicated to your creative success,

Ian Gibson, Esq.