IF you work in an environment which you hate and constantly complain, then you are miles away in meeting the working ethics of an artist – because artists simply don’t work in that kind of atmosphere.
It is safe to say that if you tolerate such an environment, then you may lack creativity – with no room for your mind to flourish. Nothing excites you to wake up and face the next day with great zeal.
An artist is more often vested in and driven by his passion then by monetary value his work brings him. When you are passionate about what drives you as an artist, you will be creative and constantly bring innovation to your product and to yourself.
To be an artist requires a specific intent -an intent that nearly everyone with a full time job may not have.
You might be an artist in your spare time, but that is something else entirely.
You might have grand aesthetic quality in your work, or amazing skills that seem magical to others, that is artistry. How you employ those talents determines whether you are an artist or not. You might be the best in the field of designing websites or selling cars, but that is mastery.
To be an artist means that you have a higher purpose beyond just trying to make a living.
Art has to have spiritual, philosophical, emotional or experiential attributes as main goals. An artist’s work is about an idea – a feeling, or an exploration of a form, framed more by their own intuitions, than the checklists and protocols of government organisations and corporations.
Being an artist has to involve being committed to an idea in ways most people are not. An artist will risk many things, including wealth, convenience, popularity, fame or even friends and family to protect the integrity of his ideas. So if you are not risking any of those things and you do mostly what you are told; then you are probably not an artist at all.
Creating something or following your dreams and dance to the beat of your own drum, will always come at a price.
It comes with rejection, criticism, contempt and even isolation.
Artists usually also have strong opinions on life and if you always follow the crowd then you will just go far as the crowd does, but if you choose to do your own thing and pursue your dream of creating and showing the world what your mind can fathom, then you may just become a leader and not a follower.
So are you brave enough? Because the relatively few who walk the creative path are likely to find themselves at places no one has ever been before and that is when your art speaks for itself.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015