What differentiates an Artists from a Creative person?
I used to think it was one and the same. Artist and Creatives. Yes all Artists are Creatives, but not all Creatives are Artists.
This distinction has jumped at me one day and finally put my inner turmoil at rest.
You see, I had an idea in my mind, that I had to be an Artist, that it was my gift, my purpose and my life’s journey. I held all kids of ideas about what it is like to be an Artist until I came to an undeniable distinction that made me realize that what I named an Artist and what the world named an Artist are two separate things.
Of course, the semantics are at fault here, because rarely do we agree on the meaning of most things, even if its a generally-agreed upon definition. The terminology we use to describe something is based on our unique experiences and then we add our internal meaning to it.
My definition of an Artist was someone who used pen or pencil on a regular basis to illustrate objects or subjects on paper. (Or digital). Perhaps what I considered Artist actually more closely resembles an Illustrator, or Graphic Designer, or other kind of Designer.
I was trained as an Interior Designer, after all, and I have a terrible penchant for Fashion Design. Common theme here is Design.
What I realized the world considered an Artist was someone who was highly unstable, flamboyant, volatile.
Being full-time Artist requires separation from the conventional reality to such extent that it borderlines on insanity.
And these are just my observations of the most radical cases of Artists. Of course there is a variety. Of course there are full-time Artists who are stable and grounded.
I guess my inability to compare, put side by side and measure the degree to which one may need to deep into insane pool - was causing me a lot of confusion.
I wanted to express myself, I wanted to share my skills and talents, but I didn’t want to dive off into the deep end.
And so finally I came to a conclusion, that while insanity of the radical Artist seems very enticing and freeing - it is not something that I could ever get to, nor do I want to.
But I still want to express my talents.
The key lies in the ability to integrate the activity that brings internal joy to the everyday life, without it completely consuming everything in its wake.
And every person should pick up a pen or a pencil or a brush and move it on a medium of their choosing without feeling bad that they are not doing it constantly 24/7.
Art in its basic form benefits everyone greatly. Just like Picasso said - “Art wipes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
You don’t clean your house every day, nor should you wipe your soul every day and feel bad if you don’t.
What I needed for myself is to allow myself to be less consistent with my Art and still feel great when I have a chance to engage with it again.
What you may need is to remember how you like to doodle, or play a musical instrument or do some wood carving and not feel bad that you have not made it into a profession.
The less judgement you have about your own Art, the more you can incorporate it into your daily life, your corporate job or business, into your cooking and so on and so forth.
Then you will see how that appreciation of creativity for its own self can transform your life.