What is the value of the artist’s work?
Where are all of the artists?
One of the saddest things about our culture for me is how people refuse to support artists; basically, they don’t see their value.
We want it cheaper, faster and now. Art has none of these characteristics. Our world has become GRUSY (Yes, I made up a new word, Greedy and Busy). Everyone wants to be admired for their work, but so few people actually are willing to put their art out there for others to see.
In the past, I believed that there were few real artists in the world. I was dead wrong. I don’t know if it is maturity or insanity, or some combination of both, but now I see artists everywhere. The sad part about most artists is they are unwilling to allow themselves to be known, because of the crucifixion they have received from friends, family and people who should be their supporters. The people who were entrusted by God to nourish and grow their gifts are the ones who eventually destroy them. Most people are jealous of the gifts that comes naturally for the artist, so they sabotage them in the name of society.
The feeling of rejection that comes from these assaults leaves the artist with the question, “why won’t they love me?” The artist longs to be accepted for the sake of their art; not for fame, fortune or friends. The artist longs to create and bring joy to the world.
In this world of marketing and media overload we miss seeing so many artists. We can’t recognize the poet or the painter because it means we would have to slow down and allow our hearts to go to a deeper place; a place where our own art resides.
Can’t do that! To painful! Gotta keep moving!
We move to our next fix of stress, adrenaline, shallow entertainment or addiction. To truly recognize art you have to be silent; you have to be still. Silence is rejected and despised, and this is the plight of the artist.
I challenge you to nourish the artists around you. Especially the ones who have the courage to be known!