Your Art Matters

Courageous Artist

Your art matters. There’s no one else like you out there and your creative gift makes the world a better place. There are countless people out there right now who will appreciate and enjoy your art. Your work will literally make their lives more meaningful. All you have to do is find them and share your poetry, music, or art with them.

I struggled for years hiding my art. I learned from my family that my poetry or music were just some kind of disposable hobby. I didn’t even bother trying to convince them otherwise because I knew they didn’t get it. I even got to the point where I told myself that my creativity didn’t matter.

As I grew older I started to gain confidence and move away from the messages I heard growing up. I began believing in myself and my art. I took action and, over time, created several poetry blogs where I publish my own poetry as well as poems by talented poets from around the world. I built my own little world that reflects who I am deep inside; I followed my own path. You can do it too.

Your art is wonderful and amazing because it’s about you, and you’re important. The thing to remember as you pursue your art career is to ignore all the “helpful” advice and lame comments; follow your own heart and do your thing. You’re that valuable.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

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Why Artists Should Not Work for Free

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Here’s why artists should not work for free: Because they produce something of great value and need to be paid for it like anyone else. They offer something important, precious, and valuable that goes way beyond concrete goods and services. I get tired of hearing stories about artists being asked to display their art somewhere “for the exposure” and never making a sale when those same people don’t think twice about paying for paper towels.

Your art is worth paying for, without question. Don’t worry about people who don’t understand that concept, find the people who do get it. There are plenty of enlightened individuals out there who would love to pay for your art, they just have to be exposed to it. That means that you just need to keep working to find them, whether it’s in person, online, or by some other means.

The next time someone asks you to do something for free, tell them what your art is worth and let them know that you’re more than glad to participate should they decide to pay. Show people how you want to be treated and you’ll eventually connect with individuals who actually value your talent. You and your art are worth it.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

Should I Quit Being an Artist

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If you’re asking yourself, “Should I quit being an artist?” the answer is a resounding No! Never! Here’s why. Being an artist isn’t like doing some job that you don’t really like but pays the bills, those are practical considerations we all have to deal with but doing your art is a whole different thing.

If you’re an person whose passion is to be an artist, then quitting would be like denying who you really are deep inside. It’s not at all like leaving a job you do to just get by. Being an artist is not just something you do, it’s who you are so, if you give it up, you’re literally giving up on living life as the real you.

I worked for many years in jobs that were worthwhile and paid the bills but were not my passion. I struggle much more financially as a poet but there is absolutely no comparison; living as the artist I am is far more rewarding, regardless of whether there is some uncertainty or difficulty. I would never settle for anything else but being the real me, the poet, and neither should you because you’re a valuable person who deserves to follow her dreams.

So, don’t give up. Keep working every day to make your dreams come true. Believe in yourself and your amazing talent. You’re one of the few people who is willing to endure hardship to fulfill her dream of being an artist. That makes you very special.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

Being an Artist Is Pointless

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A lot of people think being an artist is pointless. I can’t think of a less enlightened perspective. Sadly, there are a lot of people who live their entire lives without any beauty or without questioning anything or looking deeper. These are the same people who just stay stuck in an ugly rut and don’t do anything about it. They then have to tear other people down to feel better about themselves.

As an artist, you transcend all that sadness. You fly above the clouds in a place where there is unlimited love and possibility. You’re valuable because you carry inside you a beautiful gift that makes the world a better place and inspires humanity. Artists are purveyors of beauty, critical thinking, courage, nuance, complexity, questioning, wonder, and discomfort, among other things.

Being an artist is one of the most significant things you could ever choose to do. It requires remarkable courage and dedication, and the ability to put up with a world that often doesn’t get it. Thankfully, other people’s opinions don’t matter, your quest to be an artist does. You’re valuable. You’re important. You’re an artist. Keep going no matter what.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

The Struggles of Being an Artist

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A lot of people fret about the struggles of being an artist but I thought I’d approach the topic by assuring you that it’s okay for you to listen to your heart and follow your bliss. People will give you all kinds of “helpful advice” but, rest assured, it’s coming from individuals who don’t understand what being an artist is and probably don’t have the courage to follow their dreams.

Yes, being an artist can be difficult, mostly because you have to put up with all kinds of people telling you who you are and what you should do instead of supporting your passion. The good news is that it doesn’t matter what other people say, the only thing that is important is following your own path. If you want to be an artist, do it no matter what other people say. I’m a poet and I’ve had friends laugh at me and say things like, “How are you going to make a living doing that?” It hasn’t stopped me from doing what I love.

Being an artist is one of the most wonderful things anyone can be. Artists examine the human condition, question the status quo, and make the world a better place through their creativity. Just because not everyone understands these concepts does not mean you should second-guess yourself. You’re important. You’re an artist and you deserve to follow your bliss.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.