Making art is at odds with many of the values of modern life. It is mostly a lone pursuit in a time that celebrates extroverts not introverts. It is done for love and self-expression and though I make a living from it, it is not the driving force yet capitalist culture calls on us to earn more and build a business from our passions. More, bigger, better is the common mantra.
Another thought provoking read.
Putting myself at the top of my to do list has taken years. I feel my balance is much healthier. A turning point for me was to begin and add to a list titled Things I Love. Cheese scones was the first entry. I still add to it, many many entries now and it helped me feel seen by myself.
If my soul isn't fed, I feel unwell.
A beautiful post, full of truth.
I apologise for my previous post which was a bit harsh. Going through a difficult time. Only a few days ago I had Googled 'are artists selfish?' then I read your article. I think the defining factor of an artist may be that they have a 'true north ', this makes it easier for them to pursue their goal - whether this is selfish or necessary. If we were all truly selfish the wouldn't function, it is about finding the right balance.
I have done one of your workshops on Textile Artist's Stitch Club which I enjoyed and I also discovered your website which I will now get back to.
I will never be an artist. I have enjoyed craft all my life and thought I wanted to be an artist but now I'm not so sure. I found enormous satisfaction raising my children and later caring for my husband. All this talk about honouring yourself - how very lucky you are, how privileged. Some people don't have the choice. I think artists are selfish and I don't want to be like that. Different species.