I have friends who are talented, powerful creative artists (and that’s not just my opinion) — and who call themselves “dabblers.” I’m shocked to hear this. (I’m not naming names — you know who you are.) Why do they underrate themselves and their work? Lack of assertiveness or self-esteem? False modesty? Fishing for someone to call them out and insist that they ARE indeed artists? I have no idea.
In general, I’m never shy about claiming my title as an artist.
- Am I a Great Artist? Probably not. That doesn’t mean I’m not one. Besides, I refuse to compare myself with other artists, living or dead, great or otherwise. Who knows what kind of art they’d produce if they had my background. Maybe they’d be at the same stage in their career as I am now. Conversely, if I’d lived in their time and circumstances, maybe I’d have been a Michelangelo or a Mary Cassatt.
- Am I the best artist Linda Posey can be at this moment? You betcha. I reserve the right to be proud of who I am as an artist RIGHT NOW. While my first goal is to create for my own satisfaction, I revel in every bit of positive feedback and every sale.
- Am I the best artist I’ll ever be? I certainly hope not. Every time I paint, I feel like I expand my creativity and my power of artistic self-expression.
If you’re creative, if you make any kind of art, I urge you to claim your title as an artist. Not as an ego trip, and certainly not as a “box” to limit yourself, but as an affirmation of what’s possible for you. Set aside the comparisons with others, the setbacks and criticisms you’ve endured in the past. Forget, for now, the future achievements you aspire to. Right here, right now — declare the possibility of your creativity, the possibility of your own greatness — or potential greatness. I AM AN ARTIST!
Happy holidays — and happy creating! — Linda