How many pieces of art and design does someone have to do to be considered an artist?

Well, obviously the answer is none, because mechanics are commonly called “artists”, chefs are called “artists” and the other day, I think it was a politician that a journalist noted is really an “artist” of politics. Anything can be called art until you are the one doing it – then nothing you do can be considered art.

And, never assume that any art or design at all needs to be created for the term “artist” to be bestowed upon someone or something – as long as they are not actually creating art.

It is also, neither the amount of work done, the training to be able to do it well, the efforts for some number of years to market your art and designs, nor the number of years doing it in aggregate.

But it is also not the value nor the quality of the artworks or design either, because right now – it is trendy to have a style that is severely more amateurish than ever before and if you are not producing that – then you are still not “an artist” or a “designer”.

At one time, having a body of work that you have created in art and design was enough to be a calling card that established proficiency and merit at least in claiming the term, artist or designer.

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But, now that the internet is so encompassing and the merits of everything so fleeting for the next new thing, that body of work isn’t even required and in fact, may be more of a reason for business backers to not want to invest. It defines nothing of merit that says the skills are there and the works have been done.

Everything is simply about marketing and what the market wants at the moment and whether any of the things you’ve created or designed can fit the trends of today and next week. But, what if you are an American artist and designer with a body of work that proves it to be the case, and have been investing years of study and sacrifice and effort into creating those skills, artworks and designs? Then what?

It might mean something – and there might be a market for it – that is all it means. You still can’t call yourself an artist or a designer unless you are really doing something that has absolutely no relationship to art or the product of art or design – like baking, or being a heating and air conditioning repair person, or a pilot, or a mathematician or only God knows what – or a gardener, or a landscaper (but not a landscape designer, they can’t be called a “designer” in a social context.) It has been bizarre like that for years.

And, people will tell you – just don’t give up, your work is really, really good. And, they’ll say, you just need to sell it and for more people to know about it, but nobody wants to be bothered with seeing it, the excitement of creating it isn’t very exciting to the people who might want to own it and they don’t want to be bothered watching it be created either – especially since it isn’t a funny cat video.

Maybe I just need to do a cat video.

No, I’ve made some cat videos and they were not all that entertaining. Creating art could be more entertaining than the videos I’ve made of it, but it is hard to even want to do that when I already have thousands of artworks I’ve created and designs I’ve made over years and years of creating this body of work – and can’t even realistically call myself an artist because I totally suck at marketing.

And now, people want things that are vastly different with lots of white space, done by somebody in their twenties, not necessarily time consuming or intensely skilled products from it and a style that happens to be trendy at the moment. How do I even tell people about the art I have done or that I could do when there is simply no real way to show it to them or tell them about it where they want to see it and know about it?

I’m sharing this with you to try and help myself think about all of it in more expansive terms rather than as closed off as I feel right now about my work and its opportunities to find the right place in the markets and in the world.

I like it when people buy my work and own it as the special piece in their home or office or vacation house. I like that. If I understood better how to share it with them online and in person – would that be enough for people who might want it and appreciate my art and designs to see them?

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One of my little art cards with an ocean painting on it, called Baby Crickets – collectible and each one is a hand painted original work of art. Some of them have been used as designs on my Zazzle store at CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Art and Design.
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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (not active now and being reworked)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

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Pretty New Designs for Mothers Day

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A new set of designs I made today for Mothers’ Day and gifts for her with happy flowers and a trendy boutique style look – flowered, fun and summery. Great gift idea as a set to take to the beach or grab up a picnic and a good book to take to the park. Fun and pretty.

Also, trying to get used to Adobe Spark to make posts like this – the words at the bottom are almost invisible. Still – it came out so pretty.

You can find these pretty personalized gifts at Zazzle – on my store here – CricketDiane

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Designed Today – Artist Tote Bag Gift for Artists, Crafters, Makers and Teachers

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There is a lot to be said for a paint splatter artsy looking tote bag – for one, it needs some brushes and paints and sketch paper inside to run around the city and art something.
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Designs for Anti-Trump Tshirts, Net Neutrality Buttons and New Designer Chic for Mothers’ Day

Yesterday, I made two anti-trump tshirts that are pro-facts and pro-science. There were also several political buttons I made from the same design. They turned out very well. They are concise and to the point with good design and look great. Good combination. Looks like these tshirts would be great to wear for marches coming up including the March for Science and Earth Day Marches. I think groups are going to be marching for our oceans around the same time too – or as part of the Earth Day marches. These tshirts would be great for those marches.

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When I was looking around Zazzle’s anti-trump buttons, I found these two supporting Net Neutrality that are really great too – so I though it would be nice to share them here.

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Today, I’ve made these two matching trendy designer products – a shopping tote bag and iPhone case to match with a chic wonderful fashion look to them. They were made from a design I made several years ago and keep going back to do a little more with it. I really like it a lot. They turned out so nice.

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Designing things for anti-trump tshirts was interesting and finding pins that support net neutrality was great too. Putting the science march in mind and earth, I’m designing some things for next year since it is already so close to happening now.

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88 Ways to Say No to Trump with Anti-Trump Political Meme Button Pins

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And some bumper stickers –

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And Anti-Trump Hats –

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And a great anti-Trump tote bag –

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3 Designs for Mom

Three designs I’ve made today for Mother’s Day gifts –

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Added one more that I just made a few minutes ago. I really like it best of all. This, I love you mom coffee mug reminds me of all the notes I’ve been given from my children, grandchildren now and many friends kids over the years after we worked on arts and crafts together. (well, except that they put Cricket on it rather than Mom.) I have a warm feeling every time I see those notes and this mug does that to me too. Very nice feeling.

 

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Wine Tasting Invitations with Wine Vino and Grapes Designs Aprons Tote Bags Posters Art

These designer wine items I made recently on my Zazzle store from artworks that were both hand rendered as drawings and photographs I made – then some of the designs also worked from there through Photoshop to make nifty new looks for them.

The designs on this post are for wine tasting events, for wine lovers and to have wine themed artwork in your home or apartment, or vacation cottage. They make great wine themed gifts too.

The first design is in black and white with the word, Vino on it – as an artwork poster showing the wine bottle and grapes from one of my hand-rendered drawings.

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These two shopping tote bags are pretty and fashionably trendy with the same wine bottle and grapes drawing I did and the word, Vino across it.

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There is also a vino / wine apron I made from the wine bottle and grapes drawing to use hosting a wine tasting event or barbecue / cookout. Or – as a gift to someone who loves cooking with wine.

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Wine Tasting invitations made with a CricketDiane artwork and design – with a bottle of vino and simple clean drawing of a wine bottle and grapes plus information you can customize to your wine event or wine tasting party.

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One of the other still life wine bottle, wine glass and copper kettle with grapes photographs that I made with a different artistic look to the image (as a poster). Great poster for the kitchen, dining room, for a boutique coffee house or for a wine seller to gift at a tasting event.

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Showing the wine bottle design I did in a drawing for this vino tote – I love the look of the grapes in this one. It is a great wine tote bag to take to a wine tasting or a weekend at the vineyard tasting events.

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A nice poster art piece using one of my photographs of a still life with wine bottle, wine glass, grapes and a copper tea kettle. Using art software, I changed the colors and added the word, Vino to the image. Available on demand at Zazzle through my CricketDiane store.

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A nice tote bag to take with you to that wine tasting event and bring back at least a couple bottles of vino. One of my pastel chalk drawings of a wine bottle, wine glass and grapes made the design for this contemporary fashion vino tote.

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now –

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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