THE ARTIST’S PATH
The artist’s path is full of confusion. Once you choose this path, you will always wonder if there are people out there who will appreciate your craft. You will always wonder how you are going to make it through the next days or months with all the bills that you have to pay. You will always wonder which way to go because let’s face it, art is unstructured. Unlike the other professions that have training grounds in schools and promise their students of stable jobs, an artist’s path is undefined. There are no clear guidelines or formula for success. There are no guarantees that if you keep practicing and honing your talents then your work will be appreciated and you will succeed and you will have enough to pay for your food, rent, and bills.
The artist’s path is fulfilling. Putting the confusion aside, we can all agree that the work of an artist is very fulfilling because he or she gets to express his or her talents and create beautiful pieces of art. Art is supposed to be shared and when more and more people appreciate your work, then you know you have done something good. And an artwork can touch so many people’s lives and can live on for many years to come.
The artist’s path is solitary. Oftentimes, you have to be alone to be able to dig deep into your soul for an inspiration that would allow you to create a beautiful piece of art. But solitary does not mean lonely. It means being independent, away from institutions dictating what you should do. Art, after all, is an expression of one’s self.
The artist’s path is exciting and full of surprises. You do not know what will happen next. You surrender yourself to the moment and to what might happen in the future. In one surprising turn of event, you have the whole world at your feet appreciating you and your work. And you realize that all your hard work has been worth it.