What It's Like To Be An Artist

An artist’s life is a never-ending adventure into the unknown...

Anne Gudrun in the forest.










An artist’s life is never boring. Even when we appear to be doing nothing, we have a rich inner life that’s constantly active. In fact, doing nothing is a big part of what we do.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
— Pablo Picasso

Sometimes doing nothing brings the biggest flashes of inspiration and ideas...

We are visionaries. We dream and imagine.

A lot.

But we’re also driven to create. So we are dreamers, and also doers.

And we love change.

An artist cannot survive long in the 9 -  5 world. Artists find they change their "jobs" often.

We like to do things differently. We are rebels.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Emerson

An artist's life isn't motivated by money. We make art whether anyone else sees it, or likes it, or buys it.

We do it anyway.

We're a little bit crazy...

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant. Making your unknown known is the important thing.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

In an artist’s world, there is no separation between the inside and the outside. Who we are is what we do.

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and with that one, is what we are doing.
— Annie Dillard

An artist must make art.



rose drawing