Friday, April 30, 2010

Starving Artists

Ever heard the expression "starving artists?" That expression may be more relevant than one would realize. Granted there are many artists that do well and can live off their art. Then there are artists who have to work a day job(s) to pay the bills. There are artists who are well off and there are artists who live below the poverty line. Artists come from all walks of life, different ages, experience and more. I think this diversity one of the great things about the art world. My thoughts today are on the reality of being a professional artist. It can be hard and there are many road blocks along the road to success. A good example are outdoor art shows. Bad weather can ruin an art show that an artist was counting on to go well. The economy has affected retail sales everywhere and art is no exception.
   The bottom line is that when you are doing what you love, there is no monetary value to that. All of the money in the world cannot buy happiness. That is why artists do what they do, even if it is hard. It can be a difficult life, but a life filled with the happiness and the enrichment of life experiences and friendships