Is creating art for money some kind of a madness?
Even if you say, it is.
I will say there’s method to this madness.
Some people say, don’t ask for money for your art.
Some say it’s your passion, how can you charge for it?
Some say, you can’t sell it because art is not even a mainstream career.
Some say, art won’t be pure if you sell it.
Why so negative?
But why will selling my art make it impure. Don’t you think that consuming art without paying for it, is what is actually impure? If people are ready to pay for everything they consume, then why not art?
If someone wants to have a painting in their drawing room doesn’t it make sense, that they pay for it. If they have to listen to a particular singer should they not pay for it. Well, they pay for it when they want to have a piece of furniture in their living room. They also pay for it when they buy something as basic as a mosquito repellent.
Similarly, every piece of art has a value to itself.
If people won’t pay for that value, they might feel they did not do anything to earn it. These should be the only impure feelings; if any, associated with art. Selling art is not impure in any way.
Art is like any other profession
It needs effort.
It needs time.
It needs commitment.
It needs hard work.
Yes, art is a full-time job. Just like any other profession. Its outcome is also consumed by people like any other profession’s. And is in no means inferior to any business or job. Is there any doctor or engineer who has never consumed art in their life? Every profession needs the other, so we need to respect art as much as we respect the other professions.
To all the artists out there you don’t need to feel guilty to sell your art.