This life has come as a pleasure to me. As an artist I travel places, meet people from various walks of life, engage in adventure of the highest order and do everything that anyone would like to call a dream life. The purpose of doing all this is to find my muse and make the most of my inspiration. However, I have often heard people talk about their view of an artist’s life – most believe that artists spent their childhood in gardens all by themselves instead of playing with their balance bikes with other kids. That we spend out days dreaming, staring, drinking and getting high. This is one big misconception.
Artists have their daily routines just as sorted as others. Only the way we look at things is different. We too spend time with family and kids and help them with their work. Our life at work revolves around pretty much the same things as that of any professional –
- Replying to emails and sending project updates
- Sourcing and ordering supplies
- Self promotion on online portals like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin
- Saving up money to travel and managing finances
- Taking care of kids and help them with their studies
- Maintaining and cleaning the studio on a regular basis
I believe I speak for all artists around the globe when I say that our aim is not to make a lot of money but to create something so wonderful that it quietly merges with the nature prompting souls to be awed by it. Artists perhaps have a more monotonous life than anyone else and perhaps a very stressful and complicated life as well. However, our work is such that it helps us cut off from everything and de-stress ourselves or perhaps visit a different world altogether for a few hours on a daily basis. Our work is therapeutic and we simply love this therapy.
To bring a sense of joy into others’ life is our reward and it gives us immense pleasure to do so. We live for art and not for the praises and we love to do so, even if it comes at the cost of not finding gold that we otherwise could. We save up for travel only to find our muse because we do not know where we would find it. If you can do that with little money and still not complain and be happy striving to find your inspiration, there is nothing stopping you from being a true artist. And yes, as kids we did practice on our Schwinn and Kazam balance bikes, probably more than anyone else because we found it extremely creative and innovative to be awed by a simple thing as ‘balancing’.