What is an Artist?

By Evan Yeh

painting is something that you do and an artist is something that you are

What is the difference between someone who paints and someone who is an artist? The word artist is bantered about quite a bit. Most commonly, we see distinctions made in the performing arts. There are certain actors and singers who are distinguished among their peers with the title of “artist.” This means they are doing something more than just acting or singing. What is the difference between someone who paints and an artist?

The main difference is painting is something that you do and an artist is something that you are. Being an artist is a state of being. This may seem bold and daunting to some. But the fact is that states of being are just one decision away. Many people believe that states of being are only acquired through massive amounts of hard work that create things for people to admire and accolades that can be pointed to. And it is true that many people who are acknowledged as artists are working like this, creating these things and being acknowledged in this way. But almost all of them can trace the roots of their artistry to a decision. One day they just decided that they were going to be an artist. Everything else began to flow from this decision. They began to do what an artist does and eventually they had what an artist has.

Oriental Art Supply has made it our purpose to inspire artists. We do this not only with materials, tools and instruction but with culture, philosophy and guidance. Our hope is that more of you will discover the boundlessly joyful journey that follows your decision to be an artist! Everyone is one decision away from a transformative becoming.

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