If you follow my blog you’ll know about my love for portraiture (especially when paired with some fab deco wallcoverings), but I probably haven’t shared my musings on being an artist so much before. I was at a fair this weekend, a festival really, and like most festivals, there were tons of white tents and artisans selling their wares. Some beautiful pottery, lots of paintings, fiber art, etc. Which is fantastic. I always tell people I’m a graphic artist, not a fine artist. But, let’s face it, I’m an artist. I didn’t ask to be this way, I’ve just always been artistic, good at drawing and painting (when I was in elementary school the little boys used to ask me to draw pictures of lamborghinis for them lol). But often when I go to things like this, I think to myself “Man, I took the right path.” It’s no criticism at all, but I make a decent (more than decent, really, considering) living from the comfort of my own home, and I don’t have to get up at 3 a.m. to drive from New Hampshire to haul all my stuff and pitch a tent in some godforsaken cornfield somewhere and THEN talk to people all day and try to hustle my art (ya’ll know I don’t do in person or phone calls because I hate it lol).
But these people are artists just like me! With a lot of talent, I mean, there’s no way I could paint what they paint and anything I tried to throw on a pottery wheel would look like a three-year-old made it I already know. But I want to take their hands and say “Look, it’s evident how talented you are. Why not take a graphic design class? Learn Adobe? Try some web design?” It’s sooooo much easier and you get to express yourself artistically the same way. Graphic artists tend to have a lot of job security, graphic design is everywhere so you’re always needed, in some capacity. And you can do it from your sofa!
Anyway, I mean absolutely zero judgment on fine artists, I have mad respect for them I just really like not having to stand in a tent! I’d love to hear from you if you’re a fine artist, or a graphic artist, or just have an opinion!