Indie Artists Club is a new group on the web that is promoting outstandingly clever artists. These are artists who are not only clever enough to produce outstanding works of art, but additionally they are clever enough to promote their art into a method of supporting themselves.
Almost everyone is an artist in some way. No matter what one does as a “job,” there is an artist of some kind lurking inside. Creativity is just native to human beings. A few never tap into their creativity, but most people have a pastime of some sort which allows them to create. It may be making furniture or quilting or even creating an image for oneself – clothes and make-up and hair. Many people participate in the recognized fields of arts – painting, sculpture, photography, writing, etc. – but do it only as a hobby, not a profession.
To confirm the native desire to create, you need only look at children’s art. Kids make the most wonderfully creative art. Children display an urge to create as soon as they can hold a crayon. They sing. They dance. As they mature, the creative sparks get snuffed out, and only a few brave ones continue to a point where artistic pursuits are their main means of support. How creative sparks get snuffed out is a subject for another article, but suffice it to say that it takes a person with some guts to follow an artistic career, to be able to endure and slough off the rejection one receives in such fields. Several of the artists on Indie Artists Club mention starting to draw, paint, create at the age of two.
Even when children grow up to major in art or music in college, you find the graduates doing all kinds of other jobs rather than working in their chosen field. You find brilliant pianists working as administrative assistants in the computer science department of some university. Or painters of high quality art serving fries at a fast food restaurant. These are people who can actually read music to the point where you can put a sheet of music they have never heard before in front of them and they can just play it perfectly. Or people who can sing in an opera. Or people who can paint a life-like portrait. And on. They all got crushed when they graduated, rejected from their chosen field, and so relegated their lifelong goals to a “hobby.”
A few brave ones press on, maybe not immediately, but at a later time in life. These are the ones I call outstandingly clever. First, their art is outstandingly clever, in that they have created artworks worth a living wage. Second, the artist is outstandingly clever because they are putting themselves out there, barring their innermost creativity, for the world to see, and they do not give up – they make themselves successful. Brave souls all.
As an example, Frank P. Devine is an artist on the website. He works in two mediums – carving wood and painting. He mentions at the beginning of his article that he has always been an artist. At the beginning of his career, he designed and painted cars during the day, and worked on his fine art at night. You sometimes have to take another job for a time while you build your own business. Getting an artistic job was an outstandingly clever move on his part.
Another artist on the website is Robin Beaman. Robin had one career on the stage in New York City. When she felt she was done with that, she went to Los Angeles and started almost a second career acting in television shows and on the stage. Now she says:
“So now I’ve taken to helping with art others produce. I still keep my creative hand in by writing now and then (mainly short stories and blogs), but I’ve found that I especially enjoy helping others polish up their written work by proofreading and editing in order to make their works shine as the bright gems they are.
“Because of my reading knowledge, I find myself getting engrossed and involved with the story I’m editing, so that when I edit something, it isn’t just a ‘job’; it’s because I’m interested and wish this story to succeed. I mean, with the teamwork that develops between us, I can see this story really take off. It starts to live and breathe for me and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. It is important to me that the author’s story is the best it can possibly be.”
There is plenty of great information and advice from outstandingly clever artists on the indie artists website. And some great art to view!