Interview with an Artist: Ways of Working

Have you ever wondered why the end product of an artistic endeavor is called a work of art or an artwork and not art play? Has anyone asked, “When are you going to get a real job?” Are you working in a real job, yet wonder when you’ll get enough money, time and the space to do your real work?

The path of an artist is a complicated affair and not for the faint of heart. Sure, there can be something fanciful, playful even, about the work of creating a work of art, but play doesn’t get or keep you there for the long haul!

We cannot deny the economics. The time involved in establishing a reputation as well as the time it takes to build a consistent body of work is considerable. There’s that word, again, work. The execution of any idea involves work; working through a process in which time, attention, space and materials are tools to employ in an act of creation.

Play is essential! An artist must allow that crucial period of playing with an idea, fooling around with materials to allow success or failure to guide them towards completion. This process, of moving into and through the work has stopped many from reaching their final destination.

If you find yourself heading down the rabbit hole, if you’re, already in the rabbit hole wondering if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, take heed. In fact, before you head down that hole take a detour, find a map, consult a seasoned traveler.

On the road to becoming a fully-fledged artist, there’s lots to learn from Interviews with Artists. There are artists of every type and temperament, songwriters, actors, designers, dancers, photographers, authors, screenwriters, comedians working at every level of expertise and failure.

Significant learning takes place when an artist begins talking about their approaches to the work, what they’ve learned to employ and what keeps them engaged in the artistic process.

What, exactly, can be learned from the artists in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life?  Lots, like:

Why We Write and how Creative Block:  Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas, Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists can set you on a new path.

An interview can get you the inside deal on being Outside the Box:  Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and into Dialogues with Creative Legends:  Aha Moments in a Designer’s Career. You can begin to learn about The Actor Within and form a reasoned response when you overhear someone say Who Does She Think She Is?

At the beginning of any journey questions, conundrums and curiosities abound. Whether you are taking your first steps or well down the path of your practice, Living the Creative Life is a full-time enterprise.

There’s nothing like a good map or a good conversation to keep you going. There’s nothing like an exploration of ideas and inspiration from, stories of, aha moments to keep you engaged in the creation of Art Work:  Seeing Inside the Creative Process.

See for yourself! Light up the path! Check out the resource lists Interview with an Artist part 1 and part 2 and get hopping!

~ posted by Chris

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