Monday, July 7, 2014

Painting Isn't Always Fun

 "Don't call yourself an artist. Let others name you that. 'Artist' is a title of great weight." (Irwin Greenberg)

 I read an article recently about being a professional artist. The author said that if you, as an artist don’t enjoy the process of painting then you are doomed as an artist. I don’t know if I agree with that. 

The process of painting isn’t always fun. It’s a challenge to push yourself beyond what you know or what you’re used to. The results are often deflating. You start out with such high hopes and sometimes the final result is less than what you were aiming, but it can still be an advancement because you set out to do more than what you’ve previously done even if it’s just hoping to raise your skill level. In the midst of striving to be better you’re going to encounter frustration. It’s going to be difficult, but the fruit of that struggle is that you do in fact grow and so does your confidence. Like exercise you push yourself every inch of the way and though it’s possible to enjoy what you’re doing as you’re doing it, the big payoff is the results.

"Aim high, beyond your capacity." (Irwin Greenberg)

In that same article I read, and I wholeheartedly disagreed with, the authors opinion that in order to be a professional artist you have to concentrate and specialize in one medium. So many artist come to mind, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Sargent, Degas, Daumier, etc. All worked in more than one medium. Why wouldn’t you want to? It’s nice to be able to choose the best medium to create your image.  It seems to me the comment was more about marketing yourself than being creative or being a professional artist.

In my opinion I would rather strive to be better and be open to new possibilities. Stay curious and don’t settle. And that sounds like fun at the very least, rewarding too.

"Grit and guts are the magic ingredients to your success." (Irwin Greenberg)

1 comment:

  1. Looking at your work is definitely fun :). And this "artist" has some very "unique" opinions on art. But the fact about marketing yourself is true in the professional art world. Which is saddening and keeps me away from becoming a professional artist. it doesn't sound like fun at all. also experiencing some friends of mine trying to become successful artists. But I totally agree with your view. It isn't always fun but if you look back from time to time you see the process you've gone through and this is for me personally the most rewarding part. Thank you for sharing your work with the world.