Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

Aspiring Artists Defined

miss neptune's reverie
Miss Neptune’s Reverie

As rewarding as it might seem to have praise and recognition from others, an artist must first know the value of her art. Everything else then is gravy.

The phrase ‘aspiring artist’ often pops up like a weed chocking off all the nearby plants. But what does this mean? There is no such thing as an aspiring artist because he is or is not an artist. You know what I’m saying if you feel it in your soul, in your bones.

Why is this clarification necessary? Aspiring means to one day become, which most often refers to public recognition and marketing. I don’t rely on the entrenched and incestuous art establishment to validate me; if they do, great. If not, I have already validated myself. Get my book, An Artist Empowered, and expand your awareness.

You have to prove your dedication over time, but this is not aspiring to be. This is your contract with the Great Creator—the source of your gift.

Are you still aspiring, or not?

First, definitely run out or log on and bring Eden’s book “An Artist Empowered” home.

Yes, I agree with Eden…mostly. For the artist who embraces her gift and is making art, then, that’s that. She is an artist. A friend says, “When my brush is wet, then I’m an artist.”

The “aspiring” part comes in, I think with the “wanna be” artist. All talk, little action. Workshop after expensive workshop and so on.

But, yes, at heart, true art comes from soul, and Eden’s good at helping us see this.

Janet Riehl

Posted by Janet Riehl on 02/23 at 04:32 PM.

I found this post just in time.

After months of doubting myself as an artist, you managed in but a few seconds to clear my head from insecurity like a mind colonic.

Bless you.

Posted by Jon12 on 02/23 at 04:53 PM from In good spirits.

As Janet suggests, there is no fence-sitting about being an artist.

You aren’t an artist because someone gives you validation or a diploma. You are an artist free from the opinion of others and any outside authority.

This is liberation.

Posted by Eden on 02/25 at 04:30 PM.

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