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Understanding the grumpy artist

I'm not a grumpy artist. I've always been happy when people want to see my work, especially my cartoons. I started doing it in school for friends and if they liked them, they got to see a LOT more. I'm the "puppy dog" of artists. And it's worked well for me in my professional career, as people like to work with me, and recommend me. However, it's not the only way to go for success as an artist - you can also be grumpy.

There have been a lot of grumpy successful artists. A classic example that springs to mind is the great poet Charles Bukowski. If you haven't read his stuff, or better still, listened to him recite, you really should. He is wonderfully grumpy.

Whether he was genuinely grumpy, or it was "all an act" of course no one will ever know. What's inside of someone is something that only they can know, and I know that I'm not grumpy. Like I said, if someone likes my work, I jump around like a happy puppy. But grumpy artists can't do that. It has to do with a type of integrity that a lot of people like.

If you plan on being a grumpy artist, you have to do everything in a begrudging way, as if you're doing it because you have no other choice. In the art world, people love this kind of stuff. They can be made to feel as if the artist was doing them a favor to sell them something. A true grumpy artist will of course never promote, never advertise, never even give an inkling that they're interested in selling their work. And when they do sell their work, or show up somewhere to read their poetry, they do it as if it were the last thing they wanted to do.

It has been my privilege to know many grumpy artists. Their motto is "take it or leave it!" and their artistic integrity is amazing. If someone were to ask me, for example, to change the color of a cartoon dog from blue to red I wouldn't mind at all. But I've know grumpy artists for whom that would be the end of the world, and they storm away.

I hope this helps you to understand grumpy artists. They can be an acquired taste, but they can be wonderful. I suggest that you give them a try, and decide for yourself.

Why Air Drop is suddenly not working on your iPhone, and where the settings have been hidden

If you've been using Air Drop on your iPhone, and it's October 2017 or later, it probably stopped working, and you can't find it in what used to be the familiar area of your control center. For whatever reason, it was turned off during the last update of your phone's software. No, I have no idea why they do this kind of stuff, I'm sure they have a reason.

To make it worse, the button that used to show up on the control center for Air Drop is now gone. It's hidden down a layer that you can only get to by touching a strange looking button (pictured above) that looks kinda like a robot with a headache. Push and hold down the "robot with a headache" button and another menu appears, and that's where you can turn Air Drop back on.

The hidden "mystery menu". And there it is!

I like to set it to contacts only, but you can set it to everyone if you like. But if it's set to off (and it probably is) you need to change it. It would be nice if the button just said "on" and "off", and if it wasn't hidden in a mystery menu that was invisible, but I'm sure they meant well.

Hope this helps.