6.05.2013

i just really don't like the word artist.

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the word 'artist' revolts me because people give it so many specifications that i find myself needing to fit into a particular mold to be considered someone of character. an artist tells me they write music and i hear a mish-mash of augmented fourths (the worst musical interval). an artist tells me they sculpt or paint or carve and what they call "a representation of insertreallydetailedsceneinlifehere" is what i call a triangle. an artist tells me they write words and they are basically the depressed side of ernest hemingway. i walk away. some artists make themselves out to be such a big deal; to be the best. they abuse the word, so much that i go in with such high expectations and i come out extremely disappointed. and i realize, they are not an artist because they are passionate about what they do. they're an "artist" because they want other people to be. it doesn't have to be particularly impressive, but it has to simply be for the right reasons. my definition of artist is having a gift from God and using it. not living a certain way and drinking a certain amount of coffee and listening to certain music and watching certain things and only associating with certain people. being an artist is recognising the gifts God has given you and just... going with it. because ultimately, the art comes through Him and goes to you. you can't do this alone; don't give the glory to yourself. a reminder, an epiphany.
-kiss kiss kiss, love actually-

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  1. AMEN & I love that shot so much!

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  2. This is so true. The right words just won't describe this.

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  3. This is the third or fourth time I've read this, so you've heard most of my feedback. I just want to add that there's absolutely nothing wrong with drinking lots of coffee (all good things in moderation) and liking 'that'kind of music, etc, as long as that's YOU, and not you trying to be someone else's definition of a specific persona.

    Again just so we're clear: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH COFFEE.

    xoxoxo

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  4. hmmmmm. see, I'd have to disagree with you. and that's okay. but I feel as if the word artist embraces so many things--so many messy, beautiful, God-given passions--that it really is quite a marvelous thing. of course, trying too hard to be one never did anyone any good (insert critique of every fake "hipster" here because that word has been so abused what does it even mean anymore). so yeah. still. soli deo gloria.

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    1. see, in the beginning, that's what the word meant to me. but since then, people have kind of... as you say... corrupted it's meaning and made it into something that's not pleasing or inviting. the people i describe above, i believe, were trying [WAYYYYY] to hard to be considered an artist. and that's what bugs me. i know they have talent, i know they have God-given gifts. but it's as if they were trying to make them produce themselves without His help, you know? that's what i mean when i say this. that's what irks my feels. ;)

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    2. you know what's the coolest? it's that because there should be enough wiggle room in the word, you can feel one way, and I can feel one way, and that's cool. because you're an artist and I'm an artist and we don't have to do it the same way and that's awesome. idk random thought bye.

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  5. i agree with you. and i can also see how these girls ^^ disagree with you. so i'm gonna go half-and-half :) i love this post, though, and whether or not we're talking about artists, it's a beautiful reminder to be what you are for yourself, not for others. so thank you for this. :)

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  6. Amen to that. I don't really have much of a problem with the word artist, it kind of has this weird expectation behind it though as if you're expected to produce extremely great things because you're an artist. But I like how it's not restrictive.

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  7. i hate how people try to define artist - put it in a box, figure it out. why do we have to define it? art is so personal and unique to each and every person (who is also unique and completely different from anyone else). there's no possible way that an artist can ever be defined. can we please just make art - whatever kind of art we want - and not worry about telling people who we are or trying to narrow it down? because if we are who we should be, God's created children who are artists because He is The Artist, than we shouldn't have to prove that. we should just be able to live it, enjoy what we create, and do it to His glory and His glory only.

    so yes, i really like what you're saying here. i'm done now. :)

    and in response to your comment on my blog, we seriously really do get to know each other. i'm totally up for that. ;)

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  8. i really love what Jenn said right up there. that's exactly how i feel about it. but of course, jocee, you know me and you know where i stand when it comes to embracing the word "artist." anyone who calls themselves "artists" but has never FELT and has never been messy or frustrated or overcome or undone...i have a hard time not looking at them sideways because that's what art IS.

    just two cents worth from me. <3

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  9. wow. this is so real and true and i can't agree more. you've just opened up a realization for all of us!

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  10. And so many people are just going purposely out of the way to be whatever the fashion is. I mean, really. IThere is nothing new under the sun. People need to embrace what they love. Go after what they love. Do what they love. Learn what they love. Embrace what God gave them. But not make a production of it like a show.

    I'm so glad you wrote this. Nobody talks about it.

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  11. Ooh, I'm glad you brought this up. It's kind of a hidden issue, if you know what I mean - one we act like we all agree on, but we don't, and so we just never talk about it.
    Luckily, all my friends who call themselves artists, ARE actually artists - they have passionate, raw, God given talent, which is what I think makes an artist - if you don't love what you do, it's really hard to love the work you produce.
    But I also agree with Olivia, in that there isn't like one set definition for "artist" - you don't have to do, have, love certain things, which is the point you were making, I believe...

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    1. it was. :) you hit it right on the nail, honey.

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  12. I can see what you mean -- "artist" can be such a whacked up term nowadays, and like "hipster", at times it can almost mean nothing but the barest form of generality. all art comes from God and is an expression of His awesomeness -- the fact that we CAN create is marvelous (okay, maybe not as marvelous as creating the whole freaking world in 7 days, but you know...), and you're right -- we should try to do it ultimately for Him. :) THAT's a true artist.

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  13. I love this. 'Artist' really is an overused word. You defined it perfectly.

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  14. By the way, what did you design your gorgeous header with?

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    1. i didn't! gracie of eva jean did. isn't she the best?
      i know the font is called bombshell pro by emily lime, and if you google "how to put photos in text" (for gimp), there should be a bunch of tutorials on that. :)

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  15. I feel like if your blog was twitter you would subtweet a certain blogger in all these blog posts because its probably just me but they seem directed at her. I don't want to mention names but do you actually have one particular person in mind?

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    1. not really, no. this is actually reflective of people i've met in real life. i mean, yeah, in my time as a blogger i've seen LOTS of people (literally not one, but tons) kind of... seem to put on a show that they're an artist but it's like they're trying too hard, but this isn't generally directed at blogging, just observations (and some disappointments) from things i've tangibly and physically experienced.

      for "all these blog posts" (i'm not sure which ones you mean), i don't mean to "subtweet" or whatever any blogger in particular, it's just things that kind of... upset me in the blogger world. things i want to address, things i think should change. :)

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