08 May 2012

For the Love of Quirkiness: Artist Stereotypes

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. 
~ Stella Adler
  C
arolyn Henderson over at Fine Art Views wrote such a great article today on artists that I chose to highlight it.  She points out that the stereotype of the artist (“neurotic, insecure, off balance, and strangely disquieting”) is far from the truth.

“Oh look, it’s an artist,” I always helpfully point out to the Norwegian Artist – one of the most stable, practical, logical, and analytical people I know. “Unkempt hair, vacant yet wild eyes, disjointed thoughts and unintelligible speech – should he really be left alone in a room full of paint?”
Love it. 

She goes on to encourage artists by listing six ways they are tough yet sensitive souls who add so much light and beauty to a ugly, dingy world. You can read her full article here.

Now, I don’t paint.  I’ve already talked about why.  But I write, sing, play piano, etc.  And I cannot tell you how many times my art has been dismissively appreciated: “Oh that’s nice, dear.  And what do you do?”

Because of this, I am too shy and insecure to believe I could ever support myself with any of my artistic talents.  So I have a day job that pays the bills and afford me time and money time to pursue beauty.  But deep down inside, I would rather be composing, singing, writing, art-ing full time.

The Bower Meadow, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
How can anyone look at the painting to the right and think that it was a waste of time?  I mean, I am sure Rossetti would have had a much more comfortable life if he had been an accountant or an engineer!

I have been different at times, unconventional maybe, ok, quirky even! But I have never been boring.  And honey, I would rather be exciting and poor then boring and rich!!
It is difficult enough to endure boring people at the dinner table, but to actually be one?!  Perish the thought.

Now go forth and be exciting, you Bruce Adrian Willis Brody, you!

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

Are you an artist?  If so, do you support yourself with your art?  How do you deal with negativity?
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