Here’s a great blog article by Christopher Gallego on 5 dumb mistakes to avoid when starting your art career.
Lol, I think point number five really resonates with me. When some one you know wants you to paint something utterly prosaic and awful, and you know it’s a non-starter. That it will be dreadful.
And then they guilt trip you with the ‘you can’t complain you’re a penniless artist if you refuse to paint some meaningless, uninspiring object for pocket change………’