I was reading an email letter I subscribe to a while back about feeling like we are frauds or fakes, if we are in the business of creating and then heaven forbid we try selling our creations!
I think feeling like we are imposters is what the world tries to press upon us and for some reason we listen.
I may not know how to clearly articulate what I am trying to say here but I will give it a shot...
We are all unique individuals...our craft, our art, whatever our calling, it is unique unto us.
There is no comparing.
There is no human that is exactly like another human. Therefore there is no one who can say with exact certainty whether we are a talent or a professional in our work. There may be similarities. Someone can say they like or dislike our work and why. However, there is no comparison possible as there is no one exactly like me or you.
I paint and so do a million other people! However, when I paint what really comes from inside myself, no one else can do that. We may be able to copy someones work...but even the original painter can not recreate an original work exactly as they did the first time around by hand.
When I hear people say I am not a professional artist yet...it kills me, it makes me sad...I look at their work and there is beauty there! In some cases a talent that would blow your mind...and yet they are being suppressed because they believe they are not good enough! Why?! It is because the "system" says so. They do not have the papers to say they are allowed to call themselves an artist.
They are restrained.
To me it is so sad because they are not allowed to say what they really are...their inner beauty and power are being dictated by a system or standard that just should not have the power it does. Or at least should not be allowed to make a distinction of who is an artist and who is not.
My 4 and half year old daughter is an artist. Now should I tell her she is not one or that she needs to follow the rules to create to be an artist one day? If we wouldn't do that to a child, where creativity is at its purist form...then why would we even think to do it as adults where we are rediscovering, in some cases, that love for creating we all once had as children? The ability to create uninhibited and free. Having no fear we will make a mistake.
Sharing ideas and techniques can be wonderful and valuable. However, I even question this at times. There is such a fine line to creating. I believe we can start to taint someones intuitive creator by suggesting and giving advice. Telling people they need to use this technique or what we think they should do to improve their talents.
This can place doubt in a person and block their real connection to their creative selves. I question this and would have to say, what if Van Gogh had been told to do his creating a certain way? what would have happened? No one questions that Van Gogh was an amazingly talented painter. Yet, he was largely (dare I say it?!) Self taught!
Now of course if we are getting into a new craft to try or using tools that we are unfamiliar with, having a go to source or finding a guide to help us, is valuable and in some cases vital in order to safely use the tools of that specific craft.
I guess the important thing is remembering that when you create from your passion and heart regardless of what others say or think, you are an artist. You do not need a piece of paper to prove that you are an artist. If you have gone that route and taken education to further your love of creating that is wonderful. Please be sure, however, that you are creating from your inner creativity, your own originality, and not a textbook.
What I am trying to say is we are all unique so no one artist is better than another, education or otherwise. We all create and what one person loves another person may dislike. That is not any of my business as an artist. I create from within my heart and mind and share it with the world and let the love or dislike from others fall where it may.