Portrait of the Artist
I attended another great program at the American Jazz Museum last night.“Bob Barry-Jazzography in Black & White”-Salon and Screening. The program included a panel discussion and screening of the Dailey Pike jazzumentary about Mr. Barry.
- The need to express oneself through an art form has to be the No. 1 motivator for the artist. If it isn’t, the individual probably isn’t going to stick with the art long term because
- most artists have to find a way to survive as an artist. This generally means a diversity of revenue streams in order to survive financially. Most artists have to do this at one time or another even if they eventually become stars in their art form.
- Sharing is a component of expression. In fact, it completes expression. I don’t recall hearing this relationship described quite this way before. It makes sense to me because I started this blog and my participation in open mics because I wanted to share my work more often than I could by getting published.
- Do not limit yourself. Let your artistic gifts take you where they may. Don’t be afraid to move from literary art to visual art or to combine the two. Try a different form, medium or genre. Let your creativity lead.