This article is by Clint Watson, former art gallery owner/director/salesperson and founder of FineArtViews. You should follow Clint on Twitter here.
Do you feel the same way Sarah Lacy does?
"I physically need to make art. Art isn't just a hobby for me. It's not something that I “like”. It's an intense passion, an ecstatic love affair, with as much turmoil, frustration, exasperation and need as a forbidden liaison." – Sarah Lacy
Or, think about what successful artist/blogger/cartoonist Hugh MacLeod says:
"The Hunger [to create] will give you everything. And it will take from you, everything. It will cost you your life, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it." - Hugh MacLeod
There’s a common thread among artists who succeed. They are passionate about what they do and, they don’t want to do anything else. In some cases, they don’t even feel they can do anything else.
If you’re passionate about your art, then this message is for you. Those of us who are passionate about art know something that will sound corny to the rest of you:
Art Changes Lives. Art Can Change the World. And Successful Artists Want to Change the World.
In most cases, changing the world starts inside of the artist. Look at Sarah and Hugh. Their world is already a better place…and thus, the world is a better place. Simply because they have both listened to that voice inside of them that says, you must create. Imagine Hugh stuck inside a cubical working on spreadsheets. Anyone who knows or follows him is laughing – that idea simply doesn’t compute…especially considering he calls many of his cartoons “cube grenades.” Or think about Sarah making smoothies all day instead of paintings….she’d be miserable (she actually did have a smoothie job…and she was miserable. You can read the entire tumultuous account on her blog at http://www.smlacyart.com/blog.)
The wonderful news is that as Dr. Stephen Covey said in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Private Victories Precede Public Victories.” Once you change your world, by listening to that little voice, to the Hunger…you change our world too. Your artwork is a gift…no….a responsibility. And you need to share it with the world. We’re all waiting for you to share it with us.
So, I ask you, why do you create?