(Image by Evangeline Neo of Evacomics; used by permission. See http://www.eva.sg/.)
Art is work.
This is true of all artists: writers, musicians, dancers, photographers, actors, filmmakers, and so on and so on. All of it demands skilled labor, training, materials, passion, and an obsessive devotion that gobbles unimaginable amounts of time and focus.
Art is not a plaything. It does not occur in a vacuum. It cannot happen without struggle and dedication to one’s craft. An artist must love the art, but cannot survive to DO that art on love alone.
Art is not “data.” It can be playful, but the artist must be serious about making it that way. Art can be given freely, but should never be assumed as a free commodity.
And most of all, art has VALUE – not merely to the self-indulgence of the artist, but to the audience of people who grasp what is offered and see, in that art, a reflection of their own experience.
ART IS WORK.
And work has value.
Thanks for remembering that fact.