Doc Ray Art Blog
I often comtemplate the relationship between art, life and being an artist, making a living, and surviving as a professional working artist.
Does one have to sell themselves, so to speak in order to make it successfully as an artist?
I find that it is a very thin line, a tight rope - if you will - that we as artists must walk, when it comes to fulfilling our need to create and making a living as an artist.
I have pursued and practiced my craft for more decades than I care to remember now, and often find myself wondering why some so called "artists" make it and others do not. Did they sell out?
I believe you must first stay true to yourself and your art, your higher calling as an artist, a creator, an artisan - if you do not then all that you do with your art, will never satisfy your most inner desires as an artist.
I have painted for others and not been satisfied, finding that they do not have the same "want to and need to" I have about my art. When I create art for others - often times they do not have the same understanding of the creative process - that we as artists/creators have... I find this inherent trait in all artists I have met over the years, that burning desire we all share - to create our art.
I have painted for myself - my need and want - finding peace, fulfillment, satisfaction and completion with my art, my life and my work.
Create for yourself first - everything else is second.