I know artists suffer from Kincade-aphobia (the fear of becoming a "painter of crap"). But there is a happy medium. More than the worry of Kinkadeism, is the difficulty of communicating the value of art. This is true for several types of media. People almost seem to approach it as if they are doing the artist a favor. The artist would be lucky to have their artwork in the "art lovers" home. Afterall, the art lover is very influencial and can help expose this artist to other like-minded cheap bastards who want to help "promote" the artist.
Maybe I can visit my accountant and have him do my taxes for free...well, it's not really free, because I will promote the hell out of his ability to make my forms look good.
A local photographer, Raffi Mouradian, shared this video with me after the workshop ended. I thought it communicated the point very well.
Artists: Know your value and how to communicate it...don't assume people will "get it"...they won't...they are dumb.
Patrons: If you like something, BUY it...