What makes an artists lifestyle something to be envied?

artist's lifestyle

 

Well now that’s a great question isn’t it?

  • Is it being able to sleep in and get up whenever you feel like it?
  • Or having wild arty parties

 

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  • Perhaps it is all that spare time we have
  • Or not having any boss
  • Is it that an artist’s lifestyle is envied because we seem to be so free or unafraid to be different?
  • Do you think artists are living their dream and that is unattainable for most people
  • Artists seem to live a life of freedom

The True Realities Of The Artist’s Lifestyle

Of course some of the above are true, however in reality they are possibilities rather than what happens on a daily basis.

  • We can sleep in, but like any other job, that doesn’t get the work done.
  • We do have a boss and that is ourselves, a much harder task master than you might ever imagine.  There is no one else to discipline us if we are late for work, or make us go out and approach the galleries, or simply show up on front of the easel.
  • The wild arty parties, well I can’t speak for all artists of course, however most of us seem to slow down some what after we get past about the mid twenties or certainly into the forties, once one has children and a mortgage. Yes artists do have those you know.
  • As to a life of freedom – if you only knew – we are harried by the creative muse, chronic self doubts about our talent or lack of it, caught in the cycle of creative exhilaration or totally blocked and a lack of financial freedom for many but the few very successful ones.   Most artists have their art biz  and other work which pays the bills.
  • There is always that tug of war going on about how authentic you are going to be to your creative vision when you get to the canvas, or are you going to paint for money because the two while not necessarily mutually exclusive, are often at loggerheads.
  • An artist is an entrepreneur – an artpreneur if you like. With that job description, goes all the risks and stresses that go with any cutting edge business. There is fierce competition and a limited number of commercial galleries willing to show one’s art.
  • One must look at different revenue streams and alternate places to show your work.
  • This is not for the faint hearted!

 

Photo by iamboskro

Photo by icanteachyouhowtodoit

This post is one of a series I will be doing on artists blogs.

Artist’s blogs, like the artists themselves, come in all shapes and sizes, from serious to playful.

The one I am looking at today Creative Kismet is one of the most popular artists blogs on the web, coming in at rank number four. Started Feb 10th 2006 by Regina Lord this blog has been very successful for her. In 2012 she left nursing to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Her art is quirky and playful ….

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I like her philosophy, ‘I believe, that through art and creative process, your outlook can change and become more positive…more open. You start at first looking for beauty and inspiration then eventually, you began to see it everywhere without even trying.’

I think this is one of the wonderful things about art – it raises our awareness of the world we live in.

Regina’s blog offers e courses, art and prints for sale and an event calendar of where to find her.

She has a great article on the relevance of social media in a recent post where she says, ‘I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  How do I make real connections to real people with the chaos and constantly changing social media platforms?

I totally agree with her perspective on the ‘dreaded Facebook’.

Anyway go and take a look at this artist’s  blog for another point of view in the world of art and artists.

This Weeks Question: What are your favourite art blogs?

Look For Next Monday’s Post: What’s happening in the studio this month?

Art And Fear

 Art and Fear

More on art and fear.  Why am I dwelling on fear this month? Well simply put, it is something we all experience and at some point we must all face it. Perhaps the first step in facing it is to talk about it.

Fears often don’t seem quite as bad ……..

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when bought out into the light of day and examined with a little rationality and a dose of common or perhaps should I say – ‘uncommon’ sense. Generally our fears in relation to our art fall into two categories.

  • Fears about yourself.
  • Fears about what others will think.

One thing is certain, fears about your self-will prevent you from doing the best work you are capable of doing. – what sort of things might these fears look like?  Well for example, have you ever felt or said to yourself any of the following?

  • I’m not really an artist.
  • No one will want my work.
  • Others are better than me.
  • No gallery will ever want to show my work.
  • Nobody will understand my work.
  • Worse even, people might laugh at me either to my face or behind my back.
  • People don’t think being an artist is ‘real’ work
  • What if I wreck the work?
  • Artists are always poor.
  • I’m no good.
  • Why would other people want my work – even I can see it’s not any good?

Shall I go on?  Well I do believe that I’ve probably said every single one of those things to myself at some point.  And now my reply to all of that as I’m having those discussions with my self is to simply say “SO WHAT??!!” 

Do you know that every single one of those statements is an excuse to stop ourselves from doing ‘The Work’  They all let us of the hook if we believe them and give them power. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE between an ‘ARTIST’ and someone who thinks they aren’t one is;

  1. That the ‘Artist’ has these thoughts and continues the work anyway. Isn’t that how we define courage.  ‘To feel the fear and do it anyway.’ 

art and fear : bungee jumping photo

People don’t generally think of artists as courageous people, do they? But in fact, being an artist is probably one of the most courageous professions that one can be involved in.  Why?  Because every single time you show up at the easel, the foundry, the film studio, you have had to conquer some of those art and fear demons, just to even start work.  And then, once you’ve begun, you are constantly afraid you’re going to stuff it up…..

The only way out of this dilemma is to learn to trust your instincts and ask your self what is the worst that can happen…..  Even when that means you must rub off the area you just spent all afternoon working on! After all as I like to say to my students, ‘It is only canvas and paint!’

Look For Thursday’s Post:  Out of The Darkness

Next Monday’s Post: Birthdays

Posted By:  Kadira Jennings

Photo by Kevin B 3

Photo by SJByles

I just had to share some more of this man’s amazing work!

Andy Goldsworthy - amazing british artist who works with nature as his canvas

Andy Goldsworthy -Image credit Daryl Bush

Andy says of his work,

“The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below.”

Andy Goldsworthy - Iris leaves and rowan berries
Iris leaves and rowan berries

An enchanting floating sculpture, almost oriental, just beautiful.

Maple leaves, Water and Rocks - Andy Goldsworthy
Maple leaves, Water and Rocks

This work is so simple in concept, so beautifully executed and yet the complexity of all the elements and the way they work together is absolutely breath taking. This is creativity at its finest.

I have been so inspired looking at Andy’s work – I want to rush out and start building with nature myself!

Even though Andy may never read this blog I want to thank him for sharing his vision with the world and allowing us to see things in such a unique way.  I should mention that all the images here are copyrighted to Andy. I was unable to obtain contact details to ask his permission for their use.  I couldn’t find a website that belonged to him, his images are all over the web, but they all seem to be on some one else’s sites.

I hope he will forgive me, I just so much wanted to share his wonderful talent and I hope he inspires you as much as he has inspired me.

I’d like to take a further look at this question from the last post in a bit more depth.

  • What does being an artist really mean to me?

Here are some thoughts on that topic.

As you go through these ideas, pay very close attention to how you ‘feel’ as you read each statement. Take your time and really understand what your body is telling you about the statement.  This is the true indicator of where you stand on the matter.  If you read one and feel a slight discomfort in the pit of your stomach or solar plexus  – you are being given an indicator that something is not quite right – examine that in more depth.

Perhaps the first thing is to define what you mean by the term  ‘artist’.  Is it someone who:

  • Makes a living from their art and works full time at it?
  • Just loves to create and doesn’t care about creating income from their art?
  • Works part time arting and is employed in a job as well and  is happy with that?
  • Is content doing their art form as a hobby?
  • Needs others approval to feel that ‘I am a real artist’.
  • Feels that, ‘I am an artist, deep within myself regardless of what others might think.’
  • Has a unique style, something that separates them from others in their field.  Is that even important to them?
Artists Palette ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Artists Palette ©2010 Kadira Jennings

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