What is an artist?… seriously? You ask again?

Every art forum has it.  I m sure you have seen it again and again,….

What is Art?

Here is the definition of art.  It is not what half of people say.  Art is an umbrella term for many creative pastimes.  It is the main category.  It is not a special offshoot.

Definition of art
noun

1 [mass noun] the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power: the art of the Renaissance great art is concerned with moral imperfections she studied art in Paris
works produced by human creative skill and imagination: his collection of modern art [as modifier]: an art critic
creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture: she’s good at art

2 (the arts) the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance: the visual arts [in singular]: the art of photography

3 (arts) subjects of study primarily concerned with human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects): the belief that the arts and sciences were incompatible the Faculty of Arts

4a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice: the art of conversation

Phrases

art for art’s sake
used to convey the idea that the chief or only aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist who creates it.
art is long, life is short
proverb there is so much knowledge to acquire that a lifetime is not sufficient.
the art of war
the strategy, tactics, and techniques of combat.

Origin:

Middle English: via Old French from Latin ars, art-

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/art

What is an artist?

again and again people ask and the answers are all the same.  You have the ‘artists are special’, brigade, you have artists are awesome.  You have artists do not obey rules.. blah blah blah

My answer is this.  and I am only going to give it once as I refuse to get involved in this conversation again…and again and again and again

A true artist for me is someone who loves drawing, painting, photographing, etc, etc, etc and just wants to do that, whether good, bad, skilled or naive. Their work comes from their heart and, is just what they want to do at odd times of the day, or the night, or during all of it sleepless. They have ups and downs, they work other jobs, or they do art as much as they can, as a job. They are lucky. They are unlucky. They have relationships. They are bad at relationships. They shop, cook or, have someone who does that for them. They lock themselves away and forget to eat in the midst of creating or, they are regimented and eat, drink and, remember to dress.

They smile. They laugh. They poo. They wee. They love and, some pray, and some do not.

They are what they are. Categorising people is like trying to catch wind with a net

To try says more about the person trying, and says what type of artist the questioner is.

Comments

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    art1
    ärt/Submit
    noun
    1.
    the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
    “the art of the Renaissance”
    synonyms: fine art, artwork More
    works produced by human creative skill and imagination.
    “his collection of modern art”
    synonyms: fine art, artwork More
    creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture.
    “she’s good at art”
    2.
    the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
    “the visual arts”

    Leo Tolstoy, in his essay “What Is Art?”:

    Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.


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    I wish everybody would move past those idiotic questions (what is art? what is an artist) and just enjoy what art they enjoy.


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    Am artist is a person or an animal who expresses him/herself creatively in such a way that they are called, perceived as, or see themselves as an artist. I never thought cats would be great visual artists, but after I saw & purchased a book of cat paintings, my perception of who can be classed as an artist was happily expanded.
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