One of the most liberating things I have ever learned, is not that I am an artist, but that I have an artist. I have an artist, a muse, inspiration, magic that works inside of me and begs to be tended to, played with and exercised daily. Having an artist makes sense as an artist, because I have always believed that everyone has the ability to create, they have an artist.
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You never know who could be in attendance at that next gallery opening, what connections you will find at that event, or what could lead to future opportunities. Habits, as you likely know if you were ever a nail-biter, can be incredibly hard to break. The invisible mental habits of ours can be even more difficult to overcome, but because of this, even more important. So, give yourself permission to quit these things. And, give yourself the time and patience to break the habits. It can stifle your creativity as an emerging artist to compare yourself to someone who is twenty years into their career, and it can stunt your growth to compare your work to someone who is just starting out. Instead of focusing on how you stack up next to someone else, invest that energy into comparing your recent work with the work you made six months ago, a year ago and five years ago.
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There is a famous quote by Pablo Picasso:. On the forum, the lady who raised the question had always painted but had only recently begun selling her art. To say the response she received was vigorous is an understatement. There were a lot of strong opinions on the subject. How do a number of online dictionaries define what an artist is? So the dictionary definitions cover basically anyone. The famous artist Paul Cezanne — defined art in this way:. Using the above beautiful definition of art then how someone chooses to reproduce what their senses perceive in nature is up to them. If art is defined as the process, then he or she who is doing the creating is by definition the artist.
In fact, the two titles share more differences than they do similarities. But when asked to define that elusive word, "creativity," no two responses were the same. The truth is, the definition of what it means to be "creative" seems to be painfully subjective. Add in the comparison to art, and what it means to be "artistic" and you've just set yourself up for a longwinded conversation that appears to have no end. I was sitting down with design thought leader, Yazin Akkawi, Founder of MSTQ, sharing a bottle of red wine talking about the differences between creativity and art.