Combining Camaraderie with Creativity
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If you think you’re not good enough to enter–think again! Here is a reprint of an article that Pam Roland, Annual Show Chair, wrote for Brushstrokes in 2012:
“How do you know you are a “real” artist?
Recently Jean Gill asked us an interesting question at the May workshop in which many of us participated. Why do you paint? I’ve been pondering this and my own personal journey on this route on which I call myself “an artist.” She said most folks say they paint because they like getting better at something.
I remember back in 1995 when I was just beginning to paint, I ANNOUNCED to someone that I was an artist. As I recall, he said, “Who says so?” To which, I retorted, “I DO!” And there is truth to that: we become one when we give ourselves permission to BE ONE….so yes, I’m an artist because I say so.
However, there’s more to it than I first thought. To say I am an artist must be followed up by action or it’s perhaps an empty claim. And to be an artist, I must be growing, emerging, and expanding.
What evidence would you accept as proof you were really growing as an artist? Consider this possible progression…
Each new level should feel like a bit of a stretch, shouldn’t it? How else would you know you were alive if you weren’t excited about expanding and improving as an artist!! I think I see where I am. Now I need to set some goals and get to work! How about you? Where do you fall on that list? What’s next for you? What would make you feel ALIVE and GROWING as an artist?”
E-mail Pam Roland, Annual Show Chair, with questions.