All about my journey in encaustic art and cold wax and mixed media.
| 06 February, 2018 06:40
we are all on a journey whether we think of it that way or not. always moving away from or towards something. for me, it is back and forth between the physical and the mental, the family and the self, the past and the present, the here and the there. we are planning a move again, going back to Florida from the mountains where I came to start this art odyssey. i feel i have accomplished all my goals and then some, so it is time to move on and challenge myself to find my "place" now that i consider myself a "real" artist. when did that happen? i still remember the first call to say a piece of my art had sold - it was so exciting! looking back over the past 6 years i can't really say when i finally defined myself as an artist, because i know i always was, but i didn't feel i could tell people i was until i had "sold" my art. that seems to be common to many people I meet. their friends will say they are artists, but because they haven't sold anything, they dont identify themselves as artists. i now know this isn't the definition - you simply are an artist or not, and while selling definitely makes you feel empowered to tell others you are an artist, i think it is sad we often fail to see ourselves that way without it. so to all you artists out there, embrace who you are and state it proudly. art is a part of you and the act of creating it makes you an artist. selling it is just someone appreciating that fact.