It’s easy to get frustrated with your art. The paintings aren’t selling. There’s two people in the audience. There’s one “like” on your latest blog post.
I’ve been blessed to be acquainted with and very close to some various artists. Singers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, painters, writers. We are drawn to each other.
Regardless of the sometimes lack of response or accolades these people continue to create. Because stopping creating is worse than hearing a cricket in the audience. It would mean giving up.
We don’t do it for the money. We don’t do it to be famous. Although a little bit of that would be nice! We don’t do it to inflate our egos. Because if we did, our art wouldn’t be real. As I type on this keyboard now it feels good. Even if no one reads it.
I’ve given up thinking I could make a real living at writing. And maybe that’s sad and maybe that’s also like giving up. But if I don’t put that kind of pressure on myself then I can just create to create. Because it’s been a part of me since I can remember.
And I thank those who do read. And I hope I can make someone smile, or laugh, or find a different perspective.
Perhaps I will make a living out of it one day. But right now I’m just gonna write when time allows and when my brain, soul, and fingers get that itch. And in the meantime help the kids in class learn how to spell and fill them with the confidence to follow their own passions.
I consoled one of them the other day when she was upset that the other classmates were on her for not doing exactly what they were doing in the Thanksgiving production.
“You be you, ” I said. “You just be you.”
3 responses to “Frustration of Artists”
I run across these thoughts almost daily. Your post spoke to me, Jenifer. The more I delve into my art, I hear inner thoughts like Why doesn’t anyone really care? Is it for me I write, or others? Since there are few others, then it’s for me, I think. But will the echo sound of my ‘readership’ eventually discourage my creativity, and to what degree? Perhaps only time will tell. Till then, well, we have each other. And our art, and that precious experience we gain from it. Don’t we love our little writing chair in the cozy nook of this, the station of life we are in?
Keep writing. I and many others will keep reading!
You keep writing too, Mike. I don’t think you can’t NOT write. And I am so pleased my thoughts spoke to you. Yes we are in this together!
yup i’m always gonna be me