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7 Common Myths About Artists
I can’t believe I have reached this milestone: this is my 200th blog post!! To celebrate, I’m going to bust some myths about artists. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you….
I have many conversations with students who want desperately to BE an artist, but for whatever reason, don’t consider themselves artist material. Here are some of the things they typically say:
- I can’t draw
- I can’t envision the piece from start to finish before I make it
- I’m not patient enough
- I don’t have the time
- I’m not creative
- My work isn’t in a gallery so I’n not really an artist
- Real artists finish everything they start
And I’m sure there are many more, but 7 is enough for now.
So let’s get out the myth busting hammer and get started!
There are sooooo many ways to make something that you don’t have to draw. Some of my best pieces are tracings of photos that were good compositions, and then altered to improve them. What if you like to work intuitively and improvisationaly? That way of working does not start with a drawing, right?
GRACEFUL LADIES pictured above began as a tracing of a photo I took.
As to envisioning something completely before you begin…..what?? I almost never have it all worked out from the beginning. Part of being an artist is seeing an idea in your head, and then being able to work with the materials, but staying flexible in the process.
Patience. Ahhhh, I wish I had some.
No really, what I really have is an acute desire to make something of value and beauty. If you are loving the process of working on a piece, you are making art, you are an artist, and you don’t need patience.
I don’t have the time: see last week’s post. I called B.S. on this one last week.
And guess what? If you tell yourself you are not creative, you will be right! What if you left that label at the door, and just made what you wanted to make? What if you just didn’t care what anyone else thinks? I think before long, you would be making all kinds of things and you would consider yourself- you guessed it- creative.
I’m not in a gallery so I’m not a REAL artist. Well, first of all, there are way many more artists than galleries that can represent them. And with many online ways to sell art work, you can actually bypass the gallery system. Or you can do high end art/craft shows, and sell your work in person.
Anyone of these ways takes real work, time and dedication to build your clientle. Sorry, no short cuts here. But to say your are not an artist because you don’t have a gallery, is not only wrong, it’s looking for outside validation to PROVE to yourself that you’re a real artist.
And seriously, can we just laugh at the last one? How many of you are beating yourself up because you haven’t finished something/s? Maybe it just wasn’t enough of an idea once you got going on it. Maybe you can give yourself permission to finish the ones you want to, and not finish the ones you don’t. And why would that mean you are not an artist? Maybe it just means you got stuck, and frustrated and could use some coaching…..jes sayin!
OK, so I think we’ve established that none of these things mean anything about you if you want to be an artist. If you want to be an artist, it’s really simple.
Get in the studio and make art.
Everything else is just an excuse or an unhelpful label. I would love to hear your myths about being an artist- comment in the comments section!
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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