Wow. These "Would you rather" questions are usually pretty easy for me to answer, but this one was hard! I chose the first, because if I was mediocre at art, and there was no way that I would ever be better, I don't think I could stand it. What I love about art is that you're striving to be the best and the opportunity is there. If there is no opportunity to be the best, it loses something.
It's the mediocre life for me- in art terms, anyways. I want to enjoy the little things in life. A lot of my enjoyment in art is the whole learning process- I'm not sure if I ever want to feel as if I've achieved being the best of the best.
If you're mediocre but continue to go at it each day... I mean, won't you improve? And eventually, if you're doing something that causes you pain, even if you love doing it... I don't know, I might give it up. Would it be worth it? :-/
I would choose to be the best with the pain. At least then what few things I create would be beautiful, and people would pay me for them. You can churn-out the piles of mediocrity forever and never gain even a little bit of fulfillment, notoriety or financial security from it.
Woa, 171 (50%) vs 170 (50%)! I chose pain. I love my art, I wouldn't be able to be this happy if I could do it right.. I don't know, art is a part of me! I'd rather die than stop creating... Well maybe if I had the choice i I would not choose to die but I'd regret it a lot and live unhappy... And anyway we get used to pain, and it would worth it, in my opinion.