Hello, my name is Tracy, and I am an artist. (Artists Anonymous this is not.)
About a year or so ago, maybe more than that now that I think of it, when I first started selling my artwork seriously, I ordered business cards and started visiting some local gift shops in order to gain business. I gave one to a friend. She looked at it and said it was "pretty". Then she said something that made me really stop and think about what I was doing out here in the art world. She said, "Should you really call yourself an 'Artist'?" and "Is that second bedroom in your apartment really a 'studio'?" If I remember correctly, she did include air quotes on this statement too.
Wow. I was floored.
This got me doing a lot of self reflection. Could I really call myself an "Artist"? I mean, I dabble in a lot of different mediums: watercolor, greeting cards, photography, scrapbooks… but, really, is what I produce really "art"? Does calling myself an Artist make me haughty, fancy or appear holier-than-thou? How could I possibly expect to be taken seriously in the art world with that peasy stuff I create?
After about a week of journaling, meditating and talking with people, I got over it.
Here is what Webster says:
Main Entry: art·ist
Date: circa 1507
1 aobsolete : one skilled or versed in learned arts barchaic : physician carchaic : artisan 12 a: one who professes and practices an imaginative art b: a person skilled in one of the fine arts3: a skilled performer; especially : artiste4: one who is adept at something
I am an Artist! I declare it proudly!
I am skilled! Though, I've taken classes and have worked hard at what I do, this skill hasn't come to me naturally. Some disagree, but this is how I feel.
I practice imaginative art! I am inspired constantly and have a hard time keeping the ideas at bay some days. Other days, my head is a dry barren wasteland the color of dirty sand. Admittedly, sometimes it's just not in me.
I am adept at something! 'Nuf said.
This is my blog. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Here I will introduce some new things, talk about my experiences and even complain about things. I'd love your interaction here! I hope you visit often and enjoy your time.
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