Being an Artist – Why It’s Not About the Money

What is an artist, the fine artist, artisan, and a craftsman?

Artist-is an individual who creates products for commercial businesses. Two examples are graphic designers and book illustrators.

Fine Artist-An inherited talent to create original, visual, and beautiful objects of art for aesthetic values. Examples include oil paintings and hand sculptures.

Artisan-independent craftsmen who create projects for both beauty and utility. Two examples are glass blowers or a carpet maker.

Craftsman-Replicates utilitarian objects as a tradesman or craftsman. Examples: carpenters build houses and tradesmen build furniture.

Often people use these words as they choose and not by definition. Misuse of these words cause confusion.

Most important for any artist or artisan is gainful employment. Fine artists have gainful employment during prosperous economies. Their creations are original or one-of-a-kind and the price will be high. People with disposable incomes purchase nonessential works of art.

Craftsman replicates utilitarian type art and work year-round regardless of the economy. People need houses, clothing, shoes, tools, vehicles, furniture, and more compared to owning original jewelry, a statue, or an oil painting.

Artists and artisans need to be entrepreneurs and function as solo business owners or contract employment. Craftsmen or tradesmen work for salaries in larger companies.

Why are artists and artisans struggling to make money?

  1. They do not talk about money because it is impolite, or it is not important.
  2. There is a lack of money sense, interest, status, or money management
  3. .Money is thought to be the root of all evil.
  4. The creation of art or craft work is more important.
  5. Money is not important because love, saving the planet, and world peace are more important.
  6. Families and communities make them feel uneasy as artists. They appear to be playing and lack no work value.
  7. Money is not important, and they never seem to have money to understand its value.
  8. A lack of money or financial knowledge and understanding of how money works. Feeling of a sense of worthlessness or shame for not making money.
  9. Fear of having money.
  10. People consider artists as being poor and struggling; those who believe this are.
  11. Feelings of uneasiness asking for money.
  12. No knowledge of how to price am object or how to sell it.
  13. Lack of self-confidence and not knowing our worth.
  14. Too critical of our work as we see flaws in our workmanship. We cannot see or understand that buyers see the beauty or the personal use of the product; not its flaws.
  15. Not comfortable selling a piece of our creativity, which makes us feel that we have put a price on our self and sold our souls to the devil.
  16. Under charging the price of an article to not look greedy.
  17. Poor negotiation skills with potential customers.
  18. Dislike or hate preparing paperwork associated with recording our profits and expenditures, income tax forms, and other matters of financial business.

These attitudes, misgivings, or lack of knowledge will keep artists and artisans from making comfortable earnings from their talents and skills.