There are many deceiving myths about the art world that most modern artists do not know. Yet, we are living by these seem-to-be-true rules which bind
Myth 01: Artists are only famous when they are dead
FACT: In the words of Emilie Zola, “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” In fact, people do not only recognise the best work of an artists. Instead, people recognise those who want to be seen, those who put themselves out in the open and show the world what they are made of. However, most of the modern artists today was trapped by this conundrum and get depressed by it.
As an artist, do not wait for the world to see your art. Seize the chance when there is one in front of you. Speak out loud and share your artworks with the world.
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Myth 02: Artists are born, not made
FACT: Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Indeed, no one is born with the ability to paint. Take note, talent is different from skill. Talent is having an affinity; skill is learning how to polish. Being that, talent just another word of hardworking and dedication. This is a great example of how this artist uses 30 years to polish his skills and create a hyper realistic painting.
Myth 03: Modern artists need to suffer
FACT: Paul Cezanne once stated, “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” True enough, real art requires real emotions. But nobody said these emotions had to be caused by suffering, nor do these emotions need to be tragically melancholic. There are many great modern artists out there who actually paint out of joy. These artists even paint for a good cause!
Myth 04: Artists make art for art’s sake, not for money
FACT: In the words of Andy Warhol, “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” There is no shame in profiting in doing what you love to do, it is simply the payoff from the investment the artist had given to him/herself. What is more, the good artist does art for the audience — it is only the bad that use them. If you like to expand your networking circle, these networking tips for artists will be useful for you.
Myth 05: Artists are loners
FACT: Artists do take their time alone, but they do actually go out and ask people for advice. As a matter of fact, the most important art movements were established by artist groups. They are just like everyone of us. Reach out to artists and ask them about their arts. They will be more than happy to share with you about their works like how this artist does.