Another Question That Never Goes Away

16 Jul 2012

"Am I a Real Artist?" This question is slightly different from last week's question, in which nuclear physicists and non-nuclear physicists ask if they are artists--the addition of the word "real" adds new dimension, along the lines of the Velveteen Rabbit.

There are toy horses and real horses, and the difference between the two is that real horses move, breathe, feel, and live. It's the same with artists. In the Hollow by Steve Henderson.
There are toy horses and real horses, and the difference between the two
is that real horses move, breathe, feel, and live. It's the same with artists.
In the Hollow by Steve Henderson. 
Have you read that children's story by Margery Williams? It's a great one--a sawdust-stuffed rabbit toy is literally loved to pieces by his little-boy owner, but agonizes because he's not really real--he's just a stuffed toy, until one day, after the family has thrown him out because he was contaminated during the little boy's bout with scarlet fever, the Nursery Magic Fairy turns him into a real bunny--one with workable legs and warm skin and the ability to breathe.

So what is it going to take to turn you into a real artist? Will it be selling a painting for a certain price, or just selling a piece, period, to someone other than a friend or relative?

Will it be when you've been accepted into a painting artist gallery in Scottsdale, AZ or Savannah, GA? How about winning a prize at a major exhibition, or being accepted into an exhibition in the first place?

You know what it took for the Velveteen Rabbit? Being loved enough, and manhandled enough, and played with enough, and needed and wanted enough to be real. Actually, even when he was still filled with sawdust and didn't look like a real bunny, he was--deep inside, where it matters.

If you love your art, manhandle your painting brush, play with color, and need and want to create and get better and deeper into what you create then you, my friend, are a real artist. Whether or not there's still sawdust spilling out of you.

--Carolyn


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daphnepreyer wrote
on 17 Jul 2012 6:37 PM

What a lovely analogy.  Just what I needed with few sales at this time.

Daphne, in Rancho Santa Fe

Melitza wrote
on 21 Jul 2012 7:09 AM

Siempre que lo que esté en la obra esté cargado de tus emociones y una búsqueda por nuevas expresiones de la realidad que nos rodea o fantasías de nuestra mente, podemos decir que somos artistas y en este punto lo que falta es el público que se conecte con tu obra.

jomac70 wrote
on 21 Jul 2012 9:21 PM

I think anyone who paints for the love to paint would qualify to become an "Real Artist,"  Many Painters use the "price of their sale's"  as a yardstick to achieve real artist status, this is sad comment on their approach to painting.   These painters virtually  prostitute their  craft  to the market.   It saddens me more than to walk into a gallery featuring an "Painters" work than to see row after row of almost identical painting  shining in their "glitz"  as these Painters chase the current Fad in artworks all  Painted in various colours so as to " match the drapes " of their prospective clients house decor

           The great advantage of being an " amateur Painter " is that your artwork's do not have to feed you,   you can paint what you like

peterjohny wrote
on 25 Jul 2012 5:50 AM

Amazing Creation.

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