Recently I heard a colleague lament that she wasn’t considered a “real” artist because she earned most of her living through other activities. She bemoaned the fact that her painting was described as “a lovely hobby.” It is sad that we must categorize everything—and perhaps even sadder that something so fulfilling rarely earns a full-time salary.
I don’t believe it really matters how you or your art is labelled. Good art is simply good art—and even good art doesn’t always sell. If your obligations to family or just making a living keeps you in the “less than full-time” or “hobby” category, you may still be more successful than someone pursuing art 40 hours a week.
Although Lucy van Pelt says a masterpiece takes at least ten minutes, it is not the time you spend that makes you an artist. You are an artist because of your intention, practice, commitment, and heart!