Defining What it Means to Be an Artist

15 Oct

I have painted consecutively every single day for almost a month and a half.  I mentioned in an earlier post that there has always been an artist in me and that I hadn’t picked up a brush since the sixth grade.  That artist found expression in other ways but was there nonetheless.  Now I’ve given myself permission to try and discovered I very much have a passion for painting.  My question is this, what is the difference between being a prolific artist (ie: producing lots of art) and a crazed artist (wildly insane) or is there not much distinction between the two?  I may have crossed the line a while ago!  🙂



36 Responses to “Defining What it Means to Be an Artist”

  1. elenacaravela October 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    No difference;)


    • said-simply October 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Didn’t think so! Thanks for confirming. 🙂


  2. jgousseva October 16, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    It’s all a matter of perspective. Of course, once you cross the line to “wildly insane,” you lose that perspective. Thus, no difference :).


  3. asmalltowndad October 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Insanity can be a wonderful thing if only shown through art! I think, or is that insane to say, or an artsy thing to say, I’m not sure!!!


  4. Patricia Awapara October 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    it is all about perspective. Congrats about picking up the brush again!!
    Many blessings and happy painting! 😀


    • said-simply October 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      It has become a nearly all consuming passion. Thank you for your kind encouragement!


  5. Sandra Li-Pham October 17, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Have fun with it and do not stop. I was in the same position 5 years ago. Thanks for dropping by at my blog.


  6. Helen October 17, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    An artist isn’t necessarily crazed or prolific from my view point – or maybe I’m just being optimistic?! This quote from Picasso is iinteresting: “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying new things: 🙂 Helen


  7. coastalmom October 18, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    It’s when old paint brushes in a coffee and empty easles can do something more for you than any manufactured high ever could. It is creating something at two in the morning because you can’t stop….
    Ya know? 😉


    • said-simply October 18, 2013 at 3:46 am #

      Exactly! I’ve had those late night bursts of creativity!


  8. coastalmom October 18, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    *in a coffee can (whoops) 😮


    • said-simply October 18, 2013 at 3:48 am #

      Thank you so much for commenting and for coming by my blog. I enjoyed yours and look forward to coming back!


  9. Craig L Haupt October 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Never think of creating art as insane or prolific, just a part of me. Always has been a part of me since the first stick figures I drew in elementary school. I’ve gone through my remissions over the years but it has always been lying in wait for that moment of re-awakening. Nice work said-simply. Thanks for “liking” my post of the Journey to Ukazoo.


  10. Dave White Paintings October 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Thoughtful question! I think that it can be viewed similarly to how other professions are viewed…that it’s not so much the profession that can be categorized, but the individual occupying the profession. For example, you may have a school teacher that students think are crazy, and another school teacher that students think are friendly and intelligent. Nevertheless, they’re both school teachers! In the same way, you can have a prolific artist producing lots of art that is a well-adjusted person, or a prolific artist producing lots of art that’s insane.


    • said-simply October 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Good observation. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.


  11. Kortez October 25, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    Insanity doesn’t recognize insanity…


  12. chrisfrancz October 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    It doesn’t matter what kind of an artist you are. Just keep painting. I don’t even like the word “artist” because so many people have varying ideas about what it means.


    • said-simply October 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      Thank you that is very encouraging. I agree that the word becomes a bit of a catch all. I love painting and so I think I’m a painter.


  13. desertblues October 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog. Once starting to draw, one just goes on, no matter what.


    • said-simply October 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      That is a good word. Follow the passion to create where it takes you! Thanks.


  14. susanklement October 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    It totally depends on the perspective, right? Some people think all the time is crazy, but if it makes you feel happy and it isn’t interfering with how you want to live the rest of your life, who cares?


    • said-simply October 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Susan, thank you for your comment. That’s really how I feel too. We spend too much time excusing ourselves for being passionate about things in life and worrying about what others think. Really helpful, thanks for chiming in!


  15. hitandrun1964 November 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I think that means you passed the test and are a real artist. We are all crazed in one way or the other. 🙂 Congratulations.


    • said-simply November 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Isn’t it true that there is an artistry in all of us. I think the problem is we allow that side of us to be confined and hidden away for much of our lives. For me, the catalyst was a season of dramatic life change and art just began pouring out of me. Thanks for sharing!


      • hitandrun1964 November 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

        Yes, I believe everyone has art in them someone where but an artist can’t live without creating that art and others can. I think that’s one of the big differences. Even if someone drew something that was quite good, if they never felt like doing in again….well, the artist has to do it because it’s what s/he is.


      • said-simply November 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

        Totally agree! The impulse to paint or draw or sculpt or make music must be there. Great comment!


  16. JoDee Luna November 5, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    I enjoyed your post. All I know is that I become a “crazed artist” when I get into a painting, but the process takes me awhile so I’m not always prolific.


    • said-simply November 5, 2013 at 4:04 am #

      That’s great! Your dedication to detail is one of the things about your work that attracts my attention. I appreciate your comment and am grateful you stopped by my blog!


      • JoDee Luna November 5, 2013 at 4:06 am #

        Thanks for the encouragement and the perspective your post provided.


      • said-simply November 5, 2013 at 4:07 am #

        You’re very welcome!


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