I get a nagging feeling in the back of my mind whenever someone praises me for being an artist -- I know they don't think of themselves as one.
The way I see it is that everyone is an artist. I'm sure back in caveman days everyone took part in dance, song, drawing, and story-telling. These things were not "exclusive" to artists. Everyone was an artist.
I think it is only until recent times that Art has become the central focus of a persons life and decentralized from society as a whole. I doubt that there was a caveman in a tribe that was dedicated to Art -- he had to find food and build homes too.
So I hate it when people think they can't be artists. Every time you tell a story to someone you're making art. Every narrative you wrote in school is art. I don't care how shitty it is -- it's the self-expression and the act of creation that matter.
So do this for me. For yourself, even. Pick one of the following:
- Write a poem or a short story. Fuck word count, just write something.
- If you can play an instrument, write a song. If you can't, write lyrics.
- Draw. Stick-figures are fine. Try telling a story with your stick-figures (you can "tell a story" with one frame as well).
- Put on your favorite danceable music and dance for fifteen minutes.
- Cook a new recipe today. Use fresh ingredients.
- Build something. A model or Lego's or wood or brick.
Remember -- have fun with it.