The Must-Have Traits Of A Professional Artist  

IMAGE 1What makes an artist professional or amateur? How do you differentiate the two? A cousin’s friend had a bad experience just last month when she commissioned for an artist to do a portrait of her son. What happened was a disaster. The painting hardly looked like her adorable son, and it was delivered late (it was supposed to be unveiled on the kid’s birthday party).

I’ve always taken pride of my work. As a professional artist, that’s the one thing that will differentiate me from all the others out there. A true artist is hard working. We don’t wait for inspiration to come to us. Instead, we seek it aggressively. Even when I was on my diet program and drinking only SKINNY SHAKE, I never stopped working on my art.

A true artist doesn’t stop working even when a commissioned job is already done. I paint every day, and that’s why I think I am mildly successful in what I do. Sure, we need a regular job to pay for the bills, but art can never be set aside. Find time to cultivate it, or the inspiration will be lost on you.

However, of course, a true artist knows not to get too attached to their work because they recognize that in the near future, they would have to sell it. They know how to differentiate their passion for the arts and the need for their family to eat three times a day. There are still more important things for them than their works, and they don’t get lost in that world.

IMAGE 2Other artists become frustrated when they don’t get as successful as Jake Raymor, whose works were admired by many . A true artist is patient, and he knows that success doesn’t come quickly and easily. The expectation of instant success is what drives an artist mad. A professional artist doesn’t treat their art as passion or hobby or interest. It’s also a business. It’s a way to earn a living (unless you’re incredibly rich, and you can just paint your whole life without thinking about the bills).

Being a professional artist is all about taking your art and yourself seriously. As an artist, you must learn to act accordingly at all times. Be as professional as your art. Listen to clients the way you want your art to be heard. Because in the end, even the greatest artists of our time have to prove themselves continuously.

Art & Painting

I started doing crafts when I was in third grade. My mom was fond of doing little craft projects for our house, so I always helped her out. I remember that we would spend afternoons after school doing all those amazing projects—stained glass, cross stitch, paper mâché, etc. It has been one of the best memories of my childhood.

paper mache

I guess that what made me appreciate Art painting, and that what made me delve into painting when I was in high school. As you see, art is the main thing in my life now. I accept painting commissions from clients—mostly portraits of individuals or families. Aside from those, I also delve into events planning because that’s how I can maximize my love of doing crafts and trinkets.

Some of my friends also tap my “talents,” so to speak, whenever they decide to get married because they enjoy the necklaces, bracelets and rings I make from colorful beads and crystals.

A Beginner’s Love for Jewelry Making

Lately, I started taking classes on jewelry designing. I’ve always had a great love for accessories, so I wanted to add something to my arsenal. My friends have cajoled me to take those classes because they love my beadwork, so I guess I can just start adding this to my business.

One of the things I learned from my class is the importance of identifying the kind of artist you are. Who are you as an artist, as a jewelry designer? What kind of accessory or jewelry you would love to make? Do you like the classic or modern look? Are your works customizable?

You have to define your artist’s view, and that will pave the way for your works to be known too in the industry. I have been recently tapped to design a series of rings for a charity organization, and I enjoyed it very much. Aside from doing something I love, I was also able to help a lot of people.


Why I Decided to Blog

I wanted to share my experiences in arts, crafts and painting. I want people to see that this is not something that should intimidate them. I want them to appreciate art and its importance in our everyday life.

This blog is dedicated to sharing my journey on how I fell in love with the arts, on how I went from doing paper mâché to appreciating the works of Michaelangelo, on how I decided to take a route into a life of arts, and on why I risked so many things in my life to pursue my love for art.

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