From the article: What is Art and the Purpose of Making It?
When you refer to yourself or talk about your artwork, do you call yourself a painter or an artist? Perhaps something else? Does it vary depending on who you're talking to, or do you try to avoid using a label of any kind? Share your thoughts and experiences here. Artist, Painter, or What?
I'm not an Artist, yet.
- I don't paint much, I mostly use pencils & charcoals. I'd rather call myself a hobbyist? I can't call myself an artist no matter how great and creative my work gets, it's a BIG word, and I don't think it's okay for everyone to call themselves that either. It takes time, experience, and plenty of super great art pieces to be done. Yeah, it's THAT big to me.
- —Guest Aye
Artist, painter or what?
- I see myself as someone who paints, I paint what I see before me, so therefore I don't feel I have yet introduced 'Art' into my paintings, I'm hoping one day I can say that I have.
I think I'm crafty & creative!
- I like to do many different kinds of projects- I sketch, use water colors/pastels, I'm great with a glue gun. I like using the word creative, all art is creative and beautiful in its own way.
- —Guest Maggie
- Making art is being artistic... no one has the right to say anything negative... it's your creativity ....you are an artist
- —Guest kathleen
- Only one out of a million wannabees is actually an artist. That may be overestimating actually. To the majority, whatever you're doing is nice I'm sure, but it's only a hobby. Truth hurts. Stop cheapening the word "art". Everybody is a #### "artist" these days. It makes me cringe.
- —Guest geez
- A painter paints, creates. An artist (a painter here) paints, creates and... above all, innovates.
- —Guest Yover
- Selling has nothing to do with whether or not you're an artist. There are countless excellent artists do beautiful work and never sell anything. Art is creating art. Not selling. A painting doesn't have to sell to be art. An artist creates art whether he/she sells it or not.
- —Guest Anne
What an insult
- A true artist would never box themselves by clinging to fit beneath a word and its transitional meaning. A true artist would want to be called anything except an artist because to consider yourself an artist is to say that you fit into a group with many like you and that group is called "artists". A true artist strives for individuality and through that struggle emerges many emotions, and from these emotions many great pieces of work have been composed. But anyone who claims or concerns themselves with whether or not to call themselves an artist is just allowing their ego to cling to an idea for the reasons of status, fame, and or fortune an should stop wasting their time making more junk for the world to weave through. If you ask an enlightened Buddhist how to become awakened, the Buddhist will only smile.
- —Guest Anonymous
- I have had no formal training in painting or any other art form but I love to paint, knit and embroider. I do not sculpt or know printmaking or any other art forms except watercolour, pastels, pen rendering, oil and acrylic painting on paper or canvas. I really do not understand installations etc. but I love whatever I do and do it sincerely so, yes, I am an artist.
Follow the Artist Within
- When I approach the canvas at the start of a project I never know what will happen, but the artist soon takes charge. The painter follows the artist within.
- —Guest Edward
- Call myself an artist, but admittedly am timid about it. Perhaps artist in training... but never intend to be completely trained, want to never stop learning.
- —Guest Lee House
- I would call myself an artist! I do however paint walls as well. But a painter in my opinion is someone using paint to cover a surface, or painting something without being "arty", whereas an artist will tell a story and stir an emotion on canvas!
- —Guest Desi
Everyone's an Artist
- I believe everyone is an artist. Some people pursue their artistic individuality and others just give up on it, but deep down inside their artistry is still buried there, somewhere... it just needs to be explored and brought out for the world to see.
- —Guest Ace
- I have a degree in art,I paint and make stuff. Many people seem more seem more interest about titles than doing the work. I don't need to describe myself by something I do.
- —Guest guest
More a Painter
- Actually I paint, try to learn more each day, gain strength in my weak points. I consider myself more a painter than an artist. I expect to deserve being an artist. That's the distinctive point to me.
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