"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.
"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)