An artist’s biggest fear, what do you think it is? Of course there are many different fears that an artist or a creative person might have, however, I think the magnitude of them depends on whether the artist is a hobby artist or a professional artist. The challenges that are presented to a professional artist, of course, are a lot different to the hobby artist, although I can see how some might overlap.
Let’s take a look at some of the fears that lurk beneath the surface.
- Failing as a creator – a biggie.
- Not being able to support one’s self financially – an even bigger biggie!
- Fear of the competition
- I’m not enough or not good enough.
- I won’t be able to sell my work
- No one will like what I paint
- I won’t be able to find a gallery to accept me
- I can’t become an artist – people will think I’m weird and different
- I will have to dress weird
- People will tell me to get a ‘real job’
- I can’t afford the art materials
- How will I find a good teacher?
There are probably a great many more than these but they are some of the more common ones that spring to mind. I think I’ve thought every one of them at some point in my art career. However, obviously, some of them are much more gut-wrenching than others.
I would say that the financial problem is probably the biggest fear that budding artists face. It is no easy task to become a professional artist where your sole income is earned from your paintings. One of my mentors, It was pointed out to me, that this attitude is, in fact, a very unfair one to burden your fledgling paintings with.
What Would The Ideal Situation Be?
Therefore, in the beginning, most of us need to have an independent source of income, which in fact will fund the launching of our art careers. Now the ideal situation is, of course, to have that funding come from a source that is Allied to the Arts sector in some way. In my case, I have built a reasonably sized art school and my income from this funds my lifestyle and the development of my professional art career.
Now the ideal situation is, of course, to have that funding come from a source that is allied to the Arts sector in some way. In my case, I have built an art school into a viable income stream, and my income from this funds my lifestyle and the development of my professional art career. I am lucky in that this is aligned with what I like to do. I don’t have to go out and scrub floors, do ironing or something awful like that. Not only that, but I have found over the years that teaching is very good for maintaining your technical art skills and keeping your eye and hand in practice for your own artwork.
In the future, I will expand on the ideas in this post in more depth.
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