Real Art Real Artists

As I was hunting through the interwebs this week for inspirational articles, I found the site and an article by Emily Rudolph titled, 4 Unusual Artists Creating Extraordinary Things. It’s a quick read and showcases some pretty cool artists, including an electronic violinist, a beach rock artist, a wall muralist, and a microscopic photographer.

These artists are a minuscule sampling of the ways people express their creativity. It’s a great reminder that there isn’t a one size fits all set of rules you have to follow when it comes to the type of art you like to create.

All too often we try to downsize our creativity, maybe calling it a hobby or hiding it from friends and family because it doesn’t make us money or provide us with fame. Without the accolades or financial rewards, we often tuck our work aside out of embarrassment, as if it’s not worth doing—since success and money are mistakenly looked at as legitimizing, as if to say that you’re only a real artist if you have “success” and a fat bank account. After all, doesn’t everyone want to know if you’ve sold a painting, published a book, or recorded an EP? Don’t they want to know if you’ve made bank?

The people around us shine a light on the outcome, making us feel as if we need these shiny things. But…

You don’t need them. They are not the point of making art. As long as it lifts your soul, makes you forget time, or consumes your thoughts, your work is prolific and important.

Let others worry about your success. What you need to focus on is your art, no matter how odd, weird, or strange it may be. Allow it to lift you up, to make you happy. If success comes, that’s great, but it isn’t a requirement to be a real artist.