What does an artist really do?

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Recently I’ve been working on a video about who artists are and what they really do. There have been so many thoughts rambling around in my head about this and it comes down to two ideas,”it’s all about creating and communicating.” Artists want to create something that they’re thinking and or feeling and communicate by the finished piece itself. The creating is the biggest part of the two piece question and answer. You would think a strong idea would be the start of any piece of art, but many times it seems to come from an overwhelming emotion that wants out. It may not look that way at all to the person looking at the art, but it certainly does for the person that created it. Sometimes the emotion is something that’s been festering for years or something that just recently happened. With all that said, there are times that artists themselves might not even realize why they are making, somehow “it just seemed like the thing to make.” Often times artists are driven to inspire others and on while other times they are trying to drag people down with them. It may not seem that way, but take a close look at the work itself and then get to know the artist. You’ll soon realize there is much truth in that.

 

So how do some of these people share what’s going on inside themselves? What’s the difference between making something that looks cool and making something that is really being shared from deep within that people would call art? I don’t know that there really is a difference. The more you think about it, the more you come to realize that even the lady that draws what seems to be a simple funny comic strip is sharing something. While it might be funny, that might just be something missing in her life and that’s her way of filling that void or maybe she really is happy and wants to share it, she is in fact an artist that’s creating and communicating. Some of the most beautiful pieces of art can come from a longing for something beautiful, not a thought or emotion of having something beautiful or being beautiful. The more I think about it, the more I’m beginning to think that art isn’t always honest.

rosco painting an abstract painting

With each finished painting I’m creating something new and sharing thoughts and emotions that really wanted out!!!

People often look at other people(often artists) in the wrong manner for not understanding them. What I’m learning is that I often looked at artists as slackers or just lazy people and I was very wrong for that. The reality is many of them were just trying to create and share what’s going on inside. Sometimes people are very shy and don’t know how to just blab out everything that’s going on, but that’s a good thing. We wouldn’t want everyone to not be shy and we wouldn’t want everyone to just be “going with the flow.” Sometimes art gives that person the necessary tools to share EXACTLY what’s going on with them. More often then not, they want people to understand and receive the artwork and the artist who made it. They just don’t have the tools to say that. I’ll never see something as simple as doodle the same way again, nor the person creating it. People need artists to help challenge them to feel and think. So many people are closed up and are just going about their day. They need art infused wake-up calls for their minds and soul stirring designs and colors for their hearts to open. People need to have the routine of their lives disturbed and if they’re brought before the right piece of art, that can most certainly happen! My name is Rosco “Carrico” Crooke and you just learned more about me and Carricocreations. God is good!
Where to buy Rosco “Carrico” Crooke paintings
Rosco “Carrico” Crooke’s website

kraftstitch stressed out in the creative workshop

Artists are often misunderstood, but that’s part of the reason they’re artists.

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2 Comments

  1. Nickoli Cameron thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. This is something I have thought much about since I’m on the road of creating and sharing. I don’t want to reduce down what art is, but what artists do really does come down to creating and sharing. So very glad that you see that as well. You having a musical outlet gives you the ability to create and share what’s inside you all the time. Sometimes the best medicine anyone can take is to “simply create and share” Thank you so much Nick for being so open and sharing. Rosco “Carrico” Crooke

  2. I’m in complete concurrence. Part of the struggle of being an artist is being Herd not only that but understood. That is for some the one of the most emotionally taxing parts of the entire gig. Thank you rosco crooke for letting this out for all of us!

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