Are You An Attention-Seeking Artist?

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Are you an attention-seeking artist? I know it sounds like a silly question because what artist doesn’t seek some form of attention with their art? Artists create not only for the love of creating, but for their work to be seen and appreciated. What filmmaker doesn’t want their film being seen by the masses? Does a painter paint in order to stick their canvas in the closet? Why would a composer write a score to be heard by no one? Artists are attention-seekers not unlike a salesman wanting to get the sale, a teacher inspiring their students, or a business owner wanting to hit it out of the park by making new widget. Yet, for the artist, there are some nuances regarding art and attention-seeking.

In a recent Grove online class called Pursuing Your Artistic Destiny, I interviewed my friend and co-worker, Roy Cochran. We had a great conversation about how artists and creatives can pursue their God-given creative calling. One of the points we covered was the importance of artists excelling in their craft. Roy asked the question, “Is your insatiable yearning to learn or for attention?” Jeff, one of our listeners, responded with a question of his own…

Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #3: As an artist, what does a good day look like?

Welcome to the Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #3.

[W]hat does a good day look like for you as an artist? I’m a writer, so most of my work is done creating by myself. I have good days and bad days with whatever I’m working on. So, I’m always curious what a good day looks like for other artists like you? I’m interested in the rhythm and flow of your day.  What is going on in your heart and mind? How are you interacting with the work you’re creating? How do you deal with creative challenges? What does the integration of your art, life & faith look like as you work on your craft?  Read on…


7 Hard Questions for Every Artist

I believe there are seven hard questions every artist must answer if they are really serious about their craft. Are these the only seven? Of course not, but I think it’s important that we ask ourselves hard questions. The easy questions have never moved me out of comfort or complacency. You and I grow only when we ask ourselves the hard questions.

Take 30 minutes today and write down your responses to these questions. (I’d love your feedback!) Your responses may seriously improve the quality of your art and your life! Read on…