Full of ideas? Are ordinary methods of communication too limiting for all that you want to express? Do colors speak to you in a language all their own? Does making something from nothing give you a thrill? Well, hello, Artist!
The world of art is ever-expanding with new artists born every day. The Artist type encompasses painters, videographers, illustrators, performance artists, graphics specialists, sculptors, street artists, multi-media artists, cartoonists, photographers, computer animators, architects, designers of all kinds, and more. What they all have in common is a driving need to put something new into the world, to see their vision realized and to express a feeling about their life and times.
The Artist can be a moody type and is often engrossed in work. Intense powers of focus and a burning passion for art is a must for the Artist because, plain and simple, art isn’t easy. It’s long hours alone, constant trial and error, frustration, rejection from critics and the marketplace, and financial challenge. But the Artist finds greater reward in process than in results, so he or she will soldier on even when doing so might seem pointless to an outsider who doesn’t understand art.
- A keen eye for beauty, even where others would never see it
- Intensely focused (can do detailed work for hours on end)
- Internally motivated
- Master of perspective (can see things from many points of view)
- Curious and opinionated about the world
A Happy Artist
Work is what makes the Artist happy. What makes the work possible is usually a combination inspiration and funding. Historically, it’s not always an easy thing for the Artists to find, which is why the Starving Artist is such a pervasive shadow type in the Creative family. But because of advancing technology and social media many believe this is the best possible time for Artists to be alive. Not only is getting work to the public and possible patrons easier than ever, there is a greater demand for art as businesses and individuals crave new visuals to get their message and identity across.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton, Williem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, Judy Chicago, Diane Arbus, Faith Ringgold
The Artist forms useful and fortifying relationships with the Prince, Princess, Lover, Tree-Hugger, Dancer, Dreamer, Innocent, Indie, Diva, Metrosexual, Dreamer, Trendsetter, Rebel, Overacheiver, Geek, and more.
Artist in Love
Artists do well with other Creative types who tend to be open to nontraditional communication and who understand the Artist’s need for space. Artists also favor Intellectuals with whom they can bounce ideas around and Visionaries who will pull the Artist into a view of the future. Athletes and others in the physical family stimulate the Artist’s craving for beauty and can be muses. The perfect partnerships offer the Artist equal parts freedom and security.
Many Artists do not do art professionally, rather they express themselves artistically at their own leisure. The amateur Artist has complete freedom to create whatever he or she wishes which is an artist’s paradise. Even so, many amateur Artists long to be professionals. Professional Artists have another problem. While it is wonderful to be paid, the professional Artists are often compromising their vision in order to suit the needs of a boss or client.
How to Play It
Be patient. Art doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing lifestyle. Whatever else is happening in your life, carve out time to express yourself and keep that time sacred. Even if you work as an artist for someone else, be sure to express your individual art too, if only for a few minutes a day. Do art every day. Revel in the satisfaction of your process.