Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Makings of an Artist

I'm heading to bed in 20 minutes. So this will be quick.

On my way home, I'm listening to my local NPR station WHYY 91FM and on comes this show called Studio360. They were promoting a new book based on the show called Spark, which tells the stories of artists from various disciplines and what inspires their work and process. The conversation shifted to an interesting question; is there a formula to someone becoming an artist?

How does one know s/he wants to be an artist? Are there common events in the early stages of artists' lives that may be the catalyst to create? If so, what are they? Are they traumatic events? Are they uplifting ones? A little of both?

I'll give this some thought...


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