Living

Most artists I know live with great exuberance. I cant even think of one that does not. By that I mean that they drink in everything that comes their way good or bad. It is an artists nature to use everything for their work. It is impossible to remain outside looking in.

This makes for two hard things. We seem crazy at times to others and we get our feelings hurt a lot. But that is a very small price to pay for being able to absorb what you have been given. Artists are the safest people I know because they are the most vulnerable.

When I don’t like someone else’s art I never never tell them. They are only doing what they need to do to live and I am nobody to crush a spirit. You do not need a tough skin to be an artist. It needs to be pliable.

I am just trying to give any reader a little insight into the world of a job that picks you. An artist does not decide to be an artist. You can’t not do it. So be gentle with those who live in this place of creativity. They are tender souls justĀ  breathing. If you don’t like something , just remember that the world would be a very different place without any visual arts. all of them are a gift whether you like it or not.

2 Replies to “Living”

  1. What you say for the visual arts I think may apply to other artistic pursuits as well. I can relate to the vulnerability you expressed through the writing that I dabble in. And, don’t you just love written comments on your blog? Aren’t they just like jewels? I just gave you a jewel. Alan

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