Some people may be confused: "Doesn't an Artist just *DO* art?" ... Well, yes and no ... a vast majority of [successful] artists excel in MANY MANY more territories than simply drawing or painting or creating something "artsy" ...
Artists are the people too unique and forward thinking to be crammed into any kind of box. They are likely the personality that can flourish in a setting that embraces artistic contribution and abstract thoughts. On the other hand, they are also likely to become volatile volcanoes when their creativity is suppressed, scoffed at or ignored.
Artists are often multi-taskers ... don't let those "feel good" stories about messy desks and Einsteinian comparisons fool you - some artists can be messy, sure, but often, with some form of order - even if it's out of order to YOU, an artist has a method to the madness and a system to rival any OCD tendencies. If your desk is messy, it's because you're messy- not because you're a genius.
There's more to it than *just* talent in something artistic. It's self promotion, self sufficiency, self esteem - an urge to create, a driven personality to GET NOTICED ... the artists that don't make it are meek, shy, quiet, withdrawn and timid and/or reluctant to put themselves out there.
That shyness and withdrawn aspect is a PIECE of ALL artists - that comes from times where nobody noticed or cared what you carried close to your chest in that journal of blank pages. In some way -this reclusive behavior is not bad, it just means that those artists perhaps aren't ready for the kind of exposure that is required to actually profit off their talent.
Some don't and won't ever care to profit off their art. For some, art is a private realm with no judgement and no scrutiny where they can create for the sake of creating. That is perfectly fine for an artist too.
What about the successful and driven artists? In all reality, they take on menial tasks as if each was a talent to be mastered. They are always striving to "be the best" and "make magic happen" ... they learn how to promote themselves, advertise, create, juggle life and basically become a 20 armed octopus with its tentacles in every potential bucket that leads to exposure and MONEY.
When an artist isn't driven or motivated, sometimes they can be the biggest pessimists on the planet with the wildest "woe me" stories ... the truth is, that until an artist takes that step from private recluse to creating in the vast world around them ... the "woe me" stories will always prevail. There of course are as many artistic "types" as there are colors to paint or draw with - but this scenario is the gist of it.
You either do the work, or you don't. If you tuck your art away into a journal on a dark shelf, that's how your name and art will remain. If you throw yourself into every available element to share share share your art and talent, EVENTUALLY it WILL pay off!
A teacher of mine used to ask "What IS Art?" ... well, art is relative ... to one individual a splash of blue paint over a base of orangey yellow can evoke an emotion or a connection ... to another person looking at the same piece of "art" they may be confused and defensive "It's just paint splashed on other paint!" ... so what is art TO YOU is a more appropriate question.
To me, it's something that evokes an emotion, something that created a connection, something that makes you think or look deeper or ponder how you feel. My pieces do that for me, I would hope it does that for you too- but that's up to you to decide.
Shanna Stott, Artist, Writer, Mommy
Shanna Stott is an artist creator and visionary capable of any artistic medium put in front of her ... follow her as she shares what she does as she sees the world through artist goggles and Little Rue's perspectives ...!