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Artists share their routine when dealing with frustration in the art world

Have you ever started a project all excited, only to reach a point where it feels more like a chore? That’s creative burnout, pretty common nowadays. Picture being super hyped, and then suddenly, the spark fades. It’s a downer when your passion turns into a drag. Signs? Feeling tired, not into it, mentally drained. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Beating frustration in the art world means making small changes to how you tackle projects and taking care of yourself. It’s like giving your creativity a boost and being kind to yourself. 

So, if you find yourself stuck in that not-so-fun zone, remember, we’re here for you. The Arts to Hearts project truly loves its artists’ community. And that’s why every now and then, we pose some questions for our Instagram community and ask about the problems artists deal with in their work and lives. This month, we’re revisiting a question we asked last time: 

Frustration in the art world

We’ve been loving the insightful responses and the sense of community that’s growing among us. It’s incredible to see how artists support each other in navigating challenges. In our ongoing effort to understand more about our community and help everyone improve in their journey, let’s discuss the valuable insights shared by our fellow artists on dealing with frustration in the art world.

The struggles of artists in their profession

@art_by_shreyas_dhongade speaks about the struggles of living as an artist: “Living an artist’s life is very difficult, especially when your work receives no recognition. Your survival is at stake. Yet you continue working. But at one point, you give up, as you have invested everything you have saved, and there is no recovery. It is sad but true.”

This perspective sheds light on the harsh realities many artists face, dealing with the challenge of gaining recognition and making a living from their art. For those experiencing similar struggles, it’s essential to acknowledge the difficulties while also seeking ways to overcome them.

So, for artists who deal with these challenges, remember that you’re not alone. Finding support, exploring alternative avenues, and connecting with a supportive community can be some steps in overcoming the hurdles of an artist’s life. 

How artists get out of the frustration in the art world

Feeling drained from Art Burnout can be tough on your mind and body, and sometimes, it can mess up your goals.

But in the midst of the challenges and feeling mentally tired, there’s something good – passion, positivity, and creativity. It’s there in the activities that make you happy, curious, and inspired. Discovering these positive feelings will help you recover from frustrations faster. They’ll also help you refocus on the activity that caused you frustration in the first place.

Navigating the ups and downs of the art world can be tough, but our community members share their feelings that can inspire and guide fellow artists facing similar challenges.

By being real

According to @tantrickofdoon, “I just be myself… sincerely thank those who support me. I don’t stress about selling. I create when I feel like it. I sell when it happens.” This captures the feelings of many artists dealing with the unpredictable art world.

In our artist community, facing frustrations with the business side of art is common. @tantrickofdoon’s approach is all about being true to oneself. It means making art without getting bogged down by commercial pressures. Showing gratitude to supporters and finding joy in the journey become the main focus, making the whole process more satisfying.

As we dig into the experiences shared by fellow artists, we uncover various viewpoints on dealing with frustrations in the art world. These insights serve as guides, offering a way for artists to tackle challenges, enjoy their creative journey, and ultimately, carve out their unique space in the art world.

By using art as a therapy 

@tamarawybdham encourages a therapeutic approach, saying, “Just paint while cursing them all.” This hints at the power of using art as a form of release. So, when frustration builds up, channel it into your work. Transform those emotions into something meaningful on the canvas.

@dawnsmith_art keeps it simple with a powerful message, “Keep working no matter what.” The idea here is clear – persist in your creative journey despite obstacles. Consistent effort can lead to growth and breakthroughs, even in the face of challenges.

And @cartoobyal offers a perspective on passion, urging artists to “Keep on drawing despite the lack of published work.” This is a reminder to stay true to what you love. Don’t let external recognition be the sole motivator. Keep creating because it brings you joy and fulfilment.

So, for artists reading this and looking for their answers, remember: use your art as a release, persist in your work no matter what, and stay true to your passion. 

Breaking away the usual rules

@markiskamaveepi1 gives a great idea for artists: think outside the box. According to her it’s crucial to explore beyond the usual art places and consider different paths. Plus, she point out that the regular art market isn’t the only choice for artists.

This advice is a nudge for fellow artists to widen their view, trying out unique platforms for showcasing their work. By breaking away from the usual ways, artists might find different opportunities and connect with audiences who really get their art. It’s like saying success in the art world can happen in many ways, not just in the mainstream market.

So, if you’re an artist suffering in your current space, look for new options, keep in mind to be creative about where and how you share your work. @arkiskamaveepi1’s tip encourages artists to appreciate the diversity in the art world and find paths that match their style and goals.

Creating art only for self pleasing

@thearrivalsgate shares a meaningful perspective on making art for personal joy. She highlights the importance of using the creative process as a way to heal and express what’s inside. Whether or not others appreciate the art, it’s okay because you should have a bigger goal in mind.

We agree with her and would encourage artists to see art as a personal journey. By creating for oneself and focusing on the healing aspect, artists can find satisfaction without needing approval from others. @theArrivalsGate’s approach suggests that every stroke of the brush or pencil contributes to a larger, personal goal, making the creative journey more meaningful.

So, for artists suffering with frustration and looking for purpose in their creations, remember that your art is yours first. Let it be a source of healing and a step toward your larger goals. 

Writing your feelings down

@tiffanygholar has a very calm way of expressing art—she writes about it in books instead of just drawing or painting.

This idea opens up new options for artists who might feel frustrated in the art world. If you’re tired of the usual canvas, try using words to share your art. Writing about your creations in books can reach more people and give your ideas a different kind of spotlight.

So, for artists feeling a bit stuck, maybe try expressing your art in writing too. Tiffanygholar’s approach suggests that there are many ways to share and appreciate art, and trying something different might be just the thing to break through any frustration in the art world.

Having a heart to heart with other artists

@anamuveflore suggests a simple yet powerful remedy for artists facing frustration in the art world: “talking with other artists about my experience.”

Her response emphasizes the value of open communication and shared experiences within the community. When frustrations build up, engaging in conversations with fellow artists can provide support, understanding, and fresh perspectives. It’s a reminder that the challenges faced by one artist are often shared by many.

So, for artists going through tough times, consider reaching out and sharing your experiences with others in the community. 

Setting them self free from the usual

@kelliesnider.art has a straightforward approach: “do my own things, screw the art world establishment.” Meanwhile, @theartistrippon echoes a similar sentiment, stating, “I paint for myself; if others appreciate my art, that’s great. If not, that’s great too. I’m setting up my website to do what I want.”

These insights offer a liberating perspective for artists dealing with frustration in the art world. Both artists emphasize the importance of staying true to your own path, regardless of established norms or others’ opinions. Kelliesnider.art encourages artists to do their own thing, breaking free from any restrictions imposed by the art world establishment. On the other hand, TheArtistRippon highlights the joy of painting for oneself, with a website providing a personal platform to showc art on one’s own terms.

So, for artists grappling with frustration, remember that your art is yours. Embrace the freedom to create what you want and find joy in the process. Kelliesnider.art and TheArtistRippon remind us that real fulfillment doesn’t always come from fitting into established norms but from expressing yourself authentically.

Taking a break

@candy.face.art shares a way to deal with the challenges of being an artist: “friends, wine, dancing, bad singing, or sometimes ugly crying.”

This means taking a break from art and enjoying simple things like hanging out with friends, having a glass of wine, dancing, singing even if it’s not great, or just letting out some tears when needed.

So, for artists going through tough times, remember it’s okay to step back and have some fun. Spend time with friends, do things you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to express your feelings. Candy.Face.Art’s advice suggests that taking breaks and enjoying life outside of art can bring a fresh perspective and energy to your creative journey.

In the big world of art, our community openly shared their feelings. From dealing with tough times to being true to yourself and finding joy in different ways. As we go through the ups and downs of being artists, let’s keep these lessons in mind. Remember, your art is yours first, and it’s valuable even if not everyone notices. Whether you’re trying new things, making your own path, or enjoying simple moments, you should know that being an artist is a personal and special journey. 

This was it for today but if you’re curious to learn more or want to join our Instagram community, feel free to reach out! 

https://instagram.com/artstoheartsproject?igshid=MmVlMjlkMTBhMg==

We’re always excited to welcome new members, share experiences, and continue building a supportive space for artists. Connect with us on Instagram, where we not only share advices but also update about opportunities for artists to get their work seen, published and recognized globally

 Let’s inspire and uplift each other as we continue growing 

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