The general public in contemporary society often considers to be "presumptuous" and even "Audacious" someone who claims to be an “Artist” who does not hold some kind of validated "art" work sponsored by an outstanding platform or sustained payoff remuneration up to date. In fact, when you claim to be an Artist, the person outside of this lifestyle who receives that "about you" profile or biography will somehow immediately connect and correlate in their mind this idea of power, money and fame and if you don’t fit this criteria than you’re not a real artist, you’re a struggling artist maybe and therefore they may or may not pity you.
Being an artist is being someone virtuous, an inventor or even a creator. Meaning an individual "who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria". A creator of something that will be sort of tested as a standard of judgment, criticism or censor as if there was a rule or principle to evaluate or test something's beauty I guess "something" to be sublime and therefore meaningful enough that Society entitles it as "art". However if you look up the term "Artist" it states, " a person skilled in creative activity "n. 1580s, "one who cultivates one of the fine arts," Originally used especially of the arts presided over by the Muses (history, poetry, comedy, tragedy, music, dancing, astronomy), but also used 17c. For "one skilled in any art or craft" (including professors, surgeons, craftsmen, and cooks)" therefore the true meaning of being an artist applies to all fields and all human beings who work through creativity.
So, is it arrogant to claim yourself as an Artist?
I don't think so... same old story that if: you're still waiting to be found you better stop waiting for "Cupid charming Art love" to show up to unravel yourself as an "Artist" or the next "supernova".
In present days, people tend to confuse self-esteem with self-love and what creativity and even love is really about but our Hearts function through relationships, love, acceptance, self-control, compassion, guilt, forgiveness, harmony, peace, renewal and growth and it has nothing to do with personal or will power, knowledge, mental clarity, curiosity, control, wit or awareness. Heart is breathing, its circulation, lungs, arms, hands, fingers, ribs and all our immune system. Of course it’s not hard to understand how the lack of self-love will cause you cardiac, breath, lung problems, fear and depression. However, please note that it often happens when attached to a result by feeling pressure of not being meaningful or good enough to deserve or be loved back from your very own self and so you are willing to offer yourself as a sacrifice. However working through creativity does not mean you should offer yourself as a sacrifice, it should not be attached to a result, feel hard or a burthen because to be able to produce pure art, that very feeling that is somewhat connected to our hearts, it is very important to enjoy the process of creating. With that said, yes, I will consider an artist to be an individual who practices their creativity on a daily basis. Creativity comes from a place of pleasure and joy even if it hurts. It excites and it gives you an ongoing experience when you decide to get on board. Almost like a spiritual or daily cardio practice. It has nothing to do with being approved or worthy. It’s envy that roars in the head and it’s emotional but It’s also hope towards a greener more verdant future and it allows the individual to feel empower like travelling without a destination.
Creativity is a journey or unknown path that transcends us to the emotional context of experience and through that process we are able to connect to our emotions, in a very fun and useful way. Claudia Black states " trust in yourself your perceptions are often far more accurate then you are willing to believe".
Society as a whole can't quite analyze why we find that satisfaction, peace and rightness through creativity, we all have our own theory and opinion on the matter. However, we all know is that the actual process of it feels just like "that meeting place where lovers unite and where the action is, “the place where we all want or at least secretly desire to be".
As much as finding our soul mate does not particularly solve our problems, creativity is also a mixed bag. Like wine and passion or any romance, it bottles emotions and when the right one comes along you just know it. Creativity can be delicious and unforgettable but if you consume to much it will slowly poison you. However, if you take care of the quantity within the act of creation it will take care of quality.
The very act of creation is as passionate and powerful as any romance, bigger than yourself and that will certainly provide you with the endless creative experiences and exchanges. Creativity is being compassionate towards others but not quite the final word because is also kindness, truth or social justice. It arises from the realization beyond your family name, culture, identity and personal history, faults or foibles. Creativity possesses a unique delicate beauty, generosity and empathy for one another. Love and integrity is self-expression but creativity is interconnection. Imagination is what makes us us. As Carl Yung states "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity the creative mind plays with the objects it loves".
“It's allowing your spiritual blood to do what's supposed to do” claims Julia Cameron, “the ego is where our blocks towards creativity come from" because ego says: " I am going to do this if other people think that is good; I'm only doing this if I'm going to make a living out of it or I only want to do this if I know no one would make fun of me". Cameron continues by claiming that people are so attached to the result of their own creativity that they do not allow themselves to have the smallest dab of a dream..." creativity is “much more festive and childlike” and that’s what made possible to communicate thought time. Like Julia, I believe in the importance of the "creative process". The creative individual tends to come into this "loop of negative wonders where “possibility becomes far more frightening than impossibility”... We tend to think, question or even put "the wrong" intentions out there from the beginning. Most of the time this is not even conscious... so it's very hard to track something that we can't see, touch, listen , taste or feel in the first place. We might hear some words about it but words are just "theory", not enough to turn something "unconscious into conscious ". Cameron continues on the subject by saying that "people are often so attach to result that they tend to confuse what really matters when they start out by questioning about " what are the odds of getting this painting, movie, sculpture made", instead of asking themselves if I will enjoy creating a film script, a play and so on... If you think about that for a few seconds you realize that you give yourself minimal chance of success due to lack of commitment.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of uncertainty"- Erich Fromm
The outcome is always uncertain so if you try to control something which is out of your control theirs probable chance you blame yourself and the negative spiral downhill takes shape. However, this is not creativity. A true creation of art is not reached by judging yourself and others from your own shame on and personal fears. It can be called art for a certain extent but pure creativity is more than that and is actually found within each and everyone of us that is why Julia Cameron keeps saying that "it comes from a very pure source..."The creation itself is about the process of doing opposite, make mistakes, learn from finding out what works and what still doesn’t. Think to yourself, "I will have fun creating it "instead of "would people validate my work?
As Andy Warhol once stated "everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it" that's why people tend to limit their talents and confuse what creativity is all about to a certain extent. Julia Cameron believes that "creativity has nothing to do with talent but how the gift is received. Some people might be born within a creative family who supports them and meeting their mentor at an earlier age might help but creativity really runs in every human being”. "We are all creative beings "- says May Fienco. We are all capable of being creative. As matter effect it’s in our nature and probably what makes us human beings. Therefore Joseph Beuy's famously stated "Every Human Being is an Artist ".
"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art" - RWE
People are extremely talented, however majority have no means to be supported. Cameron supports the idea that “sometimes it has nothing to do with the strength of the gift that's why some artists keep on thanking their parents, mentors and claim there artistic careers would have never happened without their help and support” in a way... that instead of questioning about “how many of us are geniuses we should think about if there are many of us who have creative dreams, creative longing and creative talents that we have been to crippled, to frighten, to shy, to express"... and "if the tragedy of one's life happens to be this lack of courage to step out of whatever beliefs to act upon their dreams what if that person is genuinely as gifted as (she or he) secretly desires to be?"
"Creativity is intelligence having fun" says Albert Einstein or "creative work is play. It is free speculation using the materials of one's chosen form" stated Stephen Nachnenovitchbut. Joseph Chilhon Pearce goes further when he claims that "being creative is not a hobby it's a way of life and to live a creative life we must lose fear of being wrong". Therefore, only "out of limitations comes creativity" claims Debbien Allen.
Meister Eckhart talks about Creativity more as " when the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her enters into her own image ", which goes along with Norma Jean Harris belief that "art does not reproduce the visible rather it makes it visual".
J.K. Rowling is for me a perfect more recent example of what we strive for as storytellers as artists and in the creative process before validation. J.K Rowling manuscript was apparently sent to 12 different publishers and got rejected by every single one of them. It took her more or less 8 years by the time she was already finished with Harry Porters's trilogy until she set down (with "its actual editor" ) and have him publish her work. However, on that very day, Rowling still left with a warning: "that she should get a day job, because she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books"... only when "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published, she was able to prove everyone wrong.
J.K. Rowling is the perfect example of someone that went from being a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits to one of the bestselling authors of all time. Rowling worked hard at her craft before anyone noticed and although she didn't have the validation from others at the time she was an Artist and Harry Porter a work of art. The result being pure creativity within her practicing it on a daily basis. The Artist within Rowling strengthened against all odds in the form of consistent rejection (meaning being able to focus on the process instead of the result ) made her became the first children book's author female billionaire. I truly believe as a result of her creative, spiritual process by working towards what really mattered to her at heart. Rowling claims that “By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew" and "failure is a stripping away of the inessential" which Emerson might see it as " Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". Rowling stopped following the path already created by others by doing something different with her own talent and of course, confidence and self-belief play a role. However, Rowling stood out for herself' for what was already available to her and within her heart. She redirected her energy into what really matter to her "in the moment" and this is what's so unique and inspiring about JK Rowling's storyline. She "stopped pretending to herself anything other than what she was and from that point on she was able valued believe in herself and trust the creative process for what it really was "the only work that mattered to her".
I wonder if that inessential "something" that she names "failure" isn't really ...that "impossible kind of something", imaginary unreal world made "possible?" and somehow that "lullaby" we all have heard "over the rainbow" skies are blue.