“I Thought You Were An Artist!” These are the exact words uttered by a friend of my daughters when she discovered me working behind the counter of a retail CD/DVD store several years ago.
It’s a common misconception , I think, not only with children or young people that an artist is someone who necessarily makes all of their income with art. I was reading on someone else’s blog recently of how that artist had the bravery to simply admit that not all of their income was from art alone. It was interesting to read the ‘sighs’ of relief from many of the commentators how they too rely on various sources of income. And why not?
It’s great if you can be an artist full-time and there is no harm in trying. In fact it makes for good discipline to have a goal in mind. However if we’re all honest with ourselves we are all, as human beings, far too complex to be pigeon holed into any one vocation or interest. Many people are artistic, creative, musical, etc. There is a wide spectrum of people who live vocationally from their creativity and who , like many others, prefer it as an outlet to their regular job or career.
My view is that it’s Okay to be who you are, where you are in an artistic sense. There’s something to be said for Target Marketing, Social Media, Establishing a Style but in the end if you’re having no fun with your art then really what’s the point? Sometimes I find myself so anxious ( for lack of a better word ) to get to the next level or to solve ‘that problem’ that I know I miss out on the sense of fun and excitement that is needed to produce good art right now and in the moment. * Good Art has to come from a stirring of imagination and excitement from our very souls. If it becomes all about money or achievement then it begins to eclipse the inner light and artistic vision. Personally I think Art is very honest. I think motivation shows through in the final, dare I say, Product.
How do we tune out all the negative static and legitimate but unfocused thoughts that inhibit the creation of good art? I’m not 100 % sure and open to suggestion. Some say it is just disciplining and managing our time. Others say it is a matter of feeling secure enough to freely create ,i.e. not worrying about bills or age or geography or etc, etc. Maybe in some way it is both. How do you inspire yourself to be creative..to set the mood?
In the meantime here is a closer view of some art I’ve been working on for a local Cafe chalkboard Menu. I should mention that the lettering was done by a staff member and I think she did a Great job!
*I define “good art” as art that we are personally happy with. Oh I know artists are often perfectionists but I mean those pieces of work that alone, in the quiet moments, make us do that little happy dance…at least figuratively. :^)