Real Artists Work

I’m always inspired by being around artists that challenge and stretch me and since I’ve given up being a passion basher, I see people differently, places differently and my fellow creatives differently.

This past weekend my wife and I headed to the city for artistic inspiration: New York City. My takeaway from our getaway: real artists work.


We saw a couple Broadway shows…

In Cyrano De Bergerac, Cyrano’s first entrance was from the street–from house right of the theater. He then ranted throughout the entire theater, climbing several floors of steps to deliver lines at various locations while shrouding his facial protuberance in the dark of the performance hall and the tilt of his plumed hat.

Only a top athlete could accomplish this feat without becoming breathless and extremely winded.

The performance on the whole was food for all my senses and reminded me that real artists work…and work very hard.


I was in foodie heaven and always am when in New York City.

We began at Veselka, warming ourselves with homemade boiled Ukrainian pierogis. Our choice of fillings: cheese, pumpkin and goat cheese with arugula. This is on the wall…

That wall took work. Why not just paint it white and move on?

Those pierogis took work. Why not just get some frozen and jack up the price?

No, Veselka takes pride in all they do.

Thanks Veselka…and Xai Xai, Cafe Orlin and the coffee, candy and confection places too!


New York City’s artists are inside and outside–they’re everywhere. This dude was sculpting faces on the street. Painting portraits I’ve seen. Sculpting was a new one for me. It was a bit cold too and his hands were on wet clay–brrrr.

Real artists work.

You and Me

As I begin my workweek today, I’m infused with the creativity and pride of the artists in New York City. I’m ready to head to the office and write those e-mails, make those phone calls, edit that training video and write that newsletter.

Whatever we do, we can infuse our work with that extra effort and care of a true artist who takes satisfaction and pride in creating something beautiful, meaningful and powerful. Work isn’t a curse–it’s a pleasure.

Have a good week!

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One last pic…just because it’s way to beautiful to not share.


Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • You had me at vereneky (and yes, they are time consuming to make, but oh, so good)…Posts like this make me wish I lived out East.

    • Always a great place to visit Christine!!!

      Now I can’t stop thinking about pierogis…

  • Andy Black

    I am suffering from art/food envy. Sidewalk sculptors, that is a new one. Glad to hear you came away totally energized. I need to do something like that…

    • NYC isn’t too far from ya… take the Bolt Bus up there and FEAST! 😉

  • Michelle Woodman

    Needed this as another Monday begins — thanks!

  • I kind of want to get my face sculpted now! Definitely haven’t seen at before.

    Creativity does take work. I would argue it takes a lot more work than the typical, mundane tasks most people choose to live by.

    • Next time you’re in NYC, hunt that face sculptor guy down! 😉

  • Papa Mike

    Thanks! Going to bed now but can’t wait to get to work on the morrow now!