Being an artist is as tough as anything else. When you see a work of art and exclaim at its beauty, you fail to recognise the amount of time and effort the artist must have spent dragging themselves to their desk to make it. For, it’s not everyday that the artist must feel energetic and enthusiastic about creating something.
There must be days, when life comes in the way with all its varied moods and drives away the mood to paint. There must be days, when ennui sets in; when the body complains, and so does the mind; when the dreaded Artist’s Block drops in and the mind, that was brimming with ideas, now feels lethargic and blank.
There must be days, when the morale is low, as is the confidence that what they do must make a difference to someone’s life. And, there must be days, when creating art must be the last thing on their mind, what with other important things take up the space.
Appreciation of a work of art, or buying a work of art is something that comes easily to just a blessed few, as I have experienced. It’s these blessed souls who recognise the talent, the hard work, the highs and the lows, the frustration and the desperation the artist goes through to make that one piece of art that has an impact on their mind.
Sharing my art on social media has brought me close to such people who leave behind such heartening comments that speak volumes of how much they must understand what an artist goes through.
Self-doubt, perfectionism, the desperation to make an impact so that their art helps them make a living, and the fear of missing out if they fail to show up every single day. I have faced all of these since the time I took up art seriously, but it’s just because of those blessed souls who appreciate the talent and the creativity that I have been able to last all these days.
On days, when my mind and body refuse to co-operate with me, it’s the words of these souls that cheer me up and get me back on track. And, to them, I will be eternally grateful.
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