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Old 10-17-2017, 04:40 PM
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what does it mean to be an artist?

the wet canvas Facebook page recently posted this question and it made me curious as to how y'all might answer it ...

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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

It means you make Art.
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:05 PM
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

Before I took up art, I was pretty sane. Since I took up art, I reckon I'm verging on insane. Go figure
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

Actually beauty is from sanity…

(van Gogh was sane… and ill)
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It means everything and nothing at all. It is like the name of the Rose. A rose is such a symbolic figure and so rich in meanings that by now it has hardly any meaning left.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

It means I get to be eccentric without anybody batting an eye. Go on ahead, Mr. Businessman, you can't dress like me.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

I don't know if they want to dress like me... paint-spattered pants and shirts and boots and all.
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It means living in poverty.

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Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.

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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

It means creating what never existed before.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

I'll reword the question - Why are you an artist? Why do you paint/create?

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great quote, john!
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

Because I have to is the simple answer!
To create is a real need for me.
The purest form is standing in front of my easel with a model in front that I am trying to do justice to in oil paints on a linen canvas.

I have also been looking closely at ways to encourage creativity in kids- as part of my day job as teacher. Makes me look closely at how I create.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

I agree with Bethany, I was born to create. Paint, draw, craft, build. That is when I am the most at peace, when I am creating in some way.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

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I'll reword the question - Why are you an artist? Why do you paint/create?

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great quote, john!

Because I am human. Humans are by default creators. It doesn't matter what they create. They just create, that is their nature.
There are many intelligent species on this planet but none is as creative as humans.
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Re: what does it mean to be an artist?

It’s something to do to keep me from being bored.
And it’s a pleasant escape and a fun time waster.
If I couldn’t do it anymore, there wouldn’t be much reason to stick around.
Cuz life’s not worth much without art...
Cuz reality sucks.





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