“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut
i never really thought of myself as an artist. but, then i saw this:
i am an artist.
i am a writer. i need to write. writing is like breathing. and when i write, i believe that i create something.
i am a photographer. taking pictures is like capturing a moment of beauty, sharing something wonderful through an image.
i may not get paid for the things that i write or photograph (yet!), but that doesn’t make me any less of an artist. and, you know what, being an artist isn’t really something one does anyway… it is who one is. an artist is a person that notices details, observes the world, appreciates every little beautiful thing. an artist is someone who seeks to be aware.
but, of course, the idea of art is not to keep it for one’s self, is it? it’s not just some cozy writing moment or some beautiful image staring back at you from your computer screen. no, art is meant to be enjoyed & shared. art builds community, evokes emotions, challenges ideas & beliefs, teaches, calms, and inspires.
in truth, aren’t we all artists?
“Let’s just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.” ~ Patti Smith.
peace, my fellow artisans.