the journey of an artist

the journey of an artist

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Art Life ... The Artist in the Recession

"The world needs artists. We live in troubling times. Uplifting artwork puts people's attention on positive things and makes them feel good about being alive." -Scott Menaul


Being an artist has some distinct advantages during a recession.

First of all, in this time of higher unemployment, I can't lose my job. My job, as a creative, is to make art. Recently, it occurred to me that I have now painted for almost 50 years. I certainly can't stop now!

Also, any person who lives a creative life 24/7 is used to insecurity. We are risk takers, often jumping without a net as we passionately pursue our art without any promise of exposure or sales. We create for the sheer joy of creating, although finding a new, appreciative home for an artwork is also a great joy.

My life hasn't changed because of the recession. I still spend each day looking for beauty in everything, searching for just that right subject to put down in paint on canvas. Lately, I have been looking at all the flowers blooming in my garden as well as in friends' yards. I see them bursting out of gloriously large canvases.

The recession? I recognize that has made life difficult for many people, and I feel deeply for them. Even more now than ever, an artist must keep creating. The world needs more beauty.

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