Had a revelation of sorts while being shown around the house of a dear friend last night. She was pointing out individual pieces of art--some done by friends, some by her brother, and some by names only remembered by reading the signatures.
Let's face it--the world is teeming with artists of all sorts. If you were to take a compass and draw a 3 inch circle on any map in any state in this country, I'd venture a guess that you'd find at least
20 artists. Multiply that by all the circles on the map and you have a virtual plethora of painters, carvers, designers, jewelry makers, and photographers, to name just a few of the artisans who show their work at art/craft fairs and shows.
So how in the world (or why in the world) does an artist stand out?
It isn't the talent. My son has a friend whose teachers have told him he could be the next Rembrandt; he doesn't, however, have the self confidence it takes to pursue such an ambitious goal. A waste, you say? His type is everywhere, because it takes so much more to be a successful artist than talent. It's the same for singers, or actors, or would-be millionaires.
Art is so very subjective. We can all view a variety of works and turn our noses up at some, shrug at others, and only "love" a very few. At an art fair or show, the process of finding buyers "hooked" by your stuff is like sifting through sand for specks of gold. It takes faith, patience, hard work, and perseverance. And in the end, a bit of good luck.