Art is meant to be shared. What Will Your Contribution Be?
I have a special needs sister residing at Misericordia in Chicago. A Home to over 600 hundred individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Every year they have a fundraiser at the Art Institute of Chicago
The message struck a chord with me.
We are creators and we all have something to contribute to the world.
Culinary, Painting, Acting, writing, photography, graphic design, animation, etc.
All these things have one thing in common to create something that expresses who we are and what we have to offer.
We are not only creating works of art but we are creating a lifestyle that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
There is truly an Artist In Us All
The best reason to pursue this activity is for the sheer enjoyment of the activity.
The gifted artist understands that personal satisfaction of producing quality work is the reward the compensation.
Here are some examples of quality art from Misericordia’s residents.
“A gifted artist is one who truly enjoys producing great works of art for others to enjoy.”
Of course, if you want to make money that’s fine too.
But I caution you, if you make creating/learning art for financial gains, you may lose the joy of the activity.
I’ll admit, it is nice to get recognized and make some money. But those kinds of honors are fleeting and most people won’t even remember your name.
It’s much better to enjoy the activity than to seek money and recognition.
Otherwise, your artistic journey will turn into a job that may leave you under-appreciated and underpaid by the art world.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t find buyers. Art is one of those items that no one really knows why it sells or doesn’t sell.
It’s ART…. There are no reasons.
Just like any other product on the market, Art is subjected to economic turmoil and the whims of the buyer/collector.
What’s hot today is passé tomorrow.