This is what many artists say.
Many artists work by themselves at any chance they get with little means to live, little means to do most of what's entailed as an artist. Pay for art supplies, promotions, bills, food. Life gets in the way, we get in our way, not enough isn't good enough. Not everything you do is good. Some paintings or drawings are shit, get thrown out...start over...sometimes a few times. Emotions run wild. Determination...Passion! When we believe we have completed the masterpiece if only in our mind or for the moment, we have fallen in love all over again.
Get in the mood, get motivated...drink, meditate or whatever it takes...you know. We are driven to make this happen...inspired by our surroundings, a song, other art, a quote.
Inspired, motivated...every single night. Giving up time with friends or doing fun things...although fun to us is in our studio, at our easel or drawing table. Sleep hard, think hard, meditate...next day. Life gets in the way...you know, the job that pays the bills until you can sell enough to make doing what you love full-time. Be there for your family, your pets, cleaning, cooking (what? who has time for cleaning?)...living...
...we live to paint and we hope to die with a paint brush in our hands. Can't be afraid. Take chances. No regrets. This is why we are living right? To create, to show our loved ones, our friends, the world what we have for them, maybe a gallery or a collector or client....here's a drawing for you, like a child showing our parents the beauty we created...do you like it?...click like...click the heart button...Retweet. Sell, post, re-post, wait.... Back to it...
...we hate all that crap we must do, we just want to paint or draw or sculpt...we are artists. We are the creatives of this world. And yet it's really fucking hard. The struggles and the assurance of our worth. Vulnerable to validated. And in the end we ask for nothing from you but your support. The high-five!
It's the comments, the hugs, the Wow's, the joy, the commissions, the purchases, the thank-you's spoken that are felt deep in my heart and in-turn my gratitude for it all. It keeps me going on the really hard days...keeps all artists going strong.