Amateur Artists are Great, Actually

We’ve all seen them: the paintings in the hallway of the local hotel, the amateurish still lifes in the dentist’s office, and the Sunday painter landscapes that are charming if not technically “fine art.” While the works of amateur artists may not be technical masterpieces, they have beauty and charm that’s hard to resist!

There is a common misconception that perfectionism is a good thing, but it’s actually quite damaging to our enjoyment of our hobbies or interests. A perfectionist mindset can lead to us feeling overwhelmed and stressed when our creations aren’t technically good or perfect, which in turn can stop us from progressing at all, paralyzed by the fear of mistakes.

If we are constantly striving for the perfect result, we may miss out on the fun and enjoyment that comes with being an amateur artist. Instead, we should focus on taking things one step at a time and enjoying the process, because we are inherently creative beings and we deserve to do stuff just for fun. I promise.

What is an Amateur Artist?

There is no universal definition of an amateur or hobby artist, but generally speaking, an amateur artist is someone who pursues art for fun, rather than for income or prestige. This can range from painting and sculpture to creating digital art. While some people may view this type of art as less professional, it is still an important form of expression. Hobby artists often have a unique perspective and insight that they can bring to their work that professionals may not.

What is a Professional Artist?

What is the difference between an amateur artist and a professional artist? Professional artists typically have a degree in art, have been working professionally for several years, and have developed their own unique style. They may work for a gallery, museum, or other organization that exhibits their work. Amateurs, on the other hand, may be self-taught or have only limited experience. They may create art for personal enjoyment or to sell.

Yes — to sell! You don’t have to be a professionally trained artist to have a creative business. But watch out for the hustle mentality that you must monetize your hobbies. If you want a creative business selling commissions, then by all means, have one! But if you want to enjoy your hobby of watercolor painting, you are under zero obligation to turn it into a business model. 

What Makes Amateur Artists so Appealing?

There are many reasons why amateur painting can be so appealing. First, it’s a way to explore your creativity without having to worry about the outcome. Second, it is a way to connect with other artists and share your work with others. Finally, amateur painting can be a way to learn new techniques and improve your skills.

Amateur artists add so much personality to the world of art! Their paintings and works are beautiful, unique, and important — they model to others that you’re allowed to do things just because you love them. You don’t have to be perfect. Not one little bit.

Embrace Your Creativity Without the Hustle

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