Friday, April 26, 2013

Artist? or Creative Person?

Periodically I ponder my life as an artist, in my endeavor to more clearly grasp where I fit in the scheme of things.

For a long time it mattered a lot to me that the world saw me as an Artist, with a capital A.  Maintaining that view required me to sell (or try very hard to) my work, including the ongoing marketing operation one is supposed to have in place in order to promote sales and build name/brand recognition.  All that effort for virtually no return bankrupted me more than once.

Nowadays I consider myself an artist with a lowercase a ~ in other words, one who has a creative response to life in every way possible, and who expresses who she is artistically.  There are no have-tos or shoulds in this scenario...only want-tos.

I'm only doing what I do to satisfy myself now.  I show you my work here on the blog for three primary reasons ~

     * posting what I create keeps me moving forward, prevents me from feeling that I'm working in a vacuum,
      * I have a personal commitment to letting my work be IMperfect, feeling free to show myself to the world in this way, and
     * maybe I can inspire some of you, or someone else, to be creative, to create art for the pure enjoyment of exploring one's own creative energy and seeing where it takes you.

In the end, how we've lived our lives is all that will count ~ whether we are creative with the life we each have, whether we joyfully express ourselves however we see fit, whether we use our limited time to create beauty in our own spheres of influence.  What won't matter is how much work we've sold or how well we've played the Artist-with-a-big-A game.  Not in my world, anyway.

10 comments:

Valerie Kamikubo said...

Not in my world either. For some time now, I've been in what I would describe as a creative slump (in the visual world at any rate, hence no blog posts), choosing instead to find my creativity in the way I relate to my friends, co-workers and clients (for now anyway). I'm grateful for all the beauty and inspiration that I find here on your blog, Connie.Thanks!

deanna7trees said...

i agree. you said it well.

jackie said...

Thanks,its nice to be make something considered 'cool'. Recently I was flattered to be included in an academic publication, but part of me objected to being labelled a 'hobbist'. I thought about it and looked at the work of people whom I knew to be 'artists' and deep down had to acknowledge that the term probably range true. But I so wished I was an artist!

Irene said...

I am glad that you are an artist period and that you do show your work because I enjoy seeing it tremendously and it does inspire me. Very soon now I am going to try my hand at it and follow in your footsteps. My steps will be little while yours are large, but that is okay. Some day, hopefully, I will catch up with you.

KAM said...

Since first meeting you many years ago it was my conclusion that you were an amazingly creative woman whose art work sang a song to me. From your beautiful hand spun silk that is knitted and worn by me with a feeling of amazing specialness, to the daily look at collages that most every day just knock my socks off, there is not an imagination that you are anything other than an Artist. In my book of folks remembered, Connie, you are overflowing with talent and skill; today I would add to that statement that you are a woman of humility. Thank you for writing your truth for all of us to share. Kristin

drusilla cole said...

Thank you for saying what so many of us feel but cannot quite verbalize...I agree entirely!

tiedyejudy said...

You nailed it, my friend! In my book, using our creative gifts is vital to the quality of our life. And the fact that you are willing to share with others your processes and results means you are sharing your gifts with your readers... a true act of generosity. Hopefully, we are all enriched by the exchange, and inspired to nurture that creativity. BTW, I far prefer your world to the one where having the "a" capitalized is important! Thanks for being there!

Jeanne Aird said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog for some time now. There's a link to your blog on mine because checking yours out always inspires me and I know it will inspire others as well. Your post here is so right on, to use an antiquated but accurate term. Living each day to the max, being true to yourself in all ways, including art, and giving to others is what counts.

Jan said...

Wow. I can add nothing to what you wrote and these wonderful comments: all ring true to me. What Kristin wrote is a perfect expression of what I feel and had not really articulated.

xo,
Jan

Alice said...

I do enjoy watching your journey.