Aspiring Artists Don’t Exist, Artists Do.

Hey everyone!  How was your week?  For me, it’s felt like an absolute blur.  It’s been so full of excitement that I haven’t been able to keep track.  I have some really exciting news! 

I will be creating a live painting next Friday (May 3rd) in Poughkeepsie for the First Friday event. Beyond that, I’m planning a semi-mural that the people of Poughkeepsie get to fill in!  This month’s event is Cinco de Mayo, including yummy food and live music.  If you’re in the downstate area, it would mean the world to me if I could meet you there! Come talk to me!  For more information, you can go to this link: http://firstfridaypk.comor check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayPoughkeepsie/

This is a huge opportunity for me, and I can’t thank the people involved enough for reaching out to me. (Shoutout to Corene!)

Of course, this takes place on a Friday night, so next week’s Friday post will still be a critique week. If you are interested in having your artwork critiqued for next week, please send it over to bmartin.artdesign@gmail.com as soon as possible!  

I want to have a heart-to-heart this week.  Between rebranding, this huge opportunity in Poughkeepsie, finals, work, and trying to keep up with the house chores, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed.  And by a bit, I mean about three hours prior to writing this, I had a full-on meltdown in the form of realizing that Bulbasaur, my favorite lil Pokemon, is not real.  I mean I was ugly crying for a solid twenty minutes and my boyfriend Joey had to squirt Hershey’s chocolate syrup in my mouth to calm me down.  It was really a disgusting display.

Look at this sleeping face and tell me you don’t want to protect it.

It’s just one of those weeks.

But something that I have to keep in mind is that the reason I’m under such immense stress is because I’m moving forward in my life.  I’m headed in the right direction.  I have an awesome job that I’m in love with, and I haven’t lost my art, either.  Finals are stressful because it’s the time of the semester where you have to prove everything you’ve learned over the past 14 weeks, and I can definitely say I’ve learned a lot.

That being said, if you had told me I would be in this position five years ago, I would’ve laughed at you. I didn’t think I’d be going anywhere with art.  At that point, I was still convinced I would be going to school for engineering, despite not even having a full grasp of what engineering is.  I still don’t.  I’m from a family of engineers and I’m confused as to what they do for a living, but I digress.

I had considered myself an “aspiring artist,” rather than anartist.  I wasn’t taking myself fully seriously.  I didn’t want to put the full label on it, because I thought you had to be a certain level of skill or popularity with your art in order to be an actual artist.

I realize that a lot of people feel this way.  They think, if they’re not famous, they’re only an aspiring artist.  If it’s a hobby, they’re only an aspiring artist.

I’m here to tell you there’s no such thing.  If you consider yourself an aspiring artist, stop.  You’re an artist.  It doesn’t matter what skill level you’re at, or how many followers you have.  Do you make art?  Cool.  You’re an artist.

 You deserve to give yourself the respect of the title.  When you treat yourself seriously, others will treat you and your art seriously as well.

With that being said, you don’t need to be taken seriously to be an artist.  The only requirement is literallythat you make art.

It’s not an elitist club. If it is, the only other requirement is that you accidentally drink paint water instead of actual water.  (If you haven’t done it yet, you will.)

The moment that I treated myself as an artist, my entire focus shifted.  I was making art day in and day out; I was sketching more, planning larger pieces, and I even made an Instagram for my work.  Those baby steps lead me to where I am today: a published artist, about to have a blast creating a mural and doing a live painting in Poughkeepsie.

Don’t downplay the baby steps, and don’t downplay yourself.

So to reiterate…

Requirements for being an artist:

  1. Spending a lot of time on your art
  2. Making lots of art throughout your life
  3. Making high quality art, or having any talent or skill at all for that matter
  4. Making money off of your art
  5. Having lots of followers for your art
  6. Making art
  7. Drinking the paint water

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