Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hints + Tips - Not All Artists Are Full Time

It's interesting when you tell people you're an artist, you get quite a few different reactions to it. Especially when I follow it with that I do illustration and stencil art. I think the reaction that gets me, is when people assume that I'm a full time artist, now whether that's in response to how I present the fact I'm an artist, I don't know. I always feel awful when explaining, that that's not the case and that in fact I've a full-time job that I love and my art is something I do in my own time, along with everything else.

I also find it's not just people who I'm chit chatting to that seem to make this assumption. It's sometimes galleries, suppliers and others in the industry. I've felt myself over the last few months having to explain that I'm not available during certain times due to work, and having to repeat this over and over again to some. Which can get rather frustrating - I've always liked the phrase "I don't wish to repeat myself because it makes me sound stupid."

What I'm getting at here is that not all artists create during the typical 9 to 5 working day, some are up late working at what they love. Others may have been up at the crack of dawn making coffees for some of the artists who work in the corporate sector and wear a suit instead of paint splattered jeans during the day. Creativity has no allocated time slot, there are no hard and fast rules on when you can be creative. Well... kind of... you might not want to be using the power drill at 3am though.

I also feel that just because you haven't committed your entire being to art it doesn't make you any less of an artist. I love my job, I love going out surfing, but I also love painting and drawing, for me that's what makes me who I'am as an artist.

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