Artists and Their Love of Work

This is one of the best articles I have ever read on this subject and I am most honoured that David has chosen to use some of my work as part of it. I highly recommend this. Janet


To the Artist Work Is Not an Obstacle, but a Gift

Artists have about fifty qualities that fit perfectly together to make them best suited to be artists rather than engaging in other occupations. One of those qualities is their love of and attachment to work. The majority of people do not like to work, consider work a burden, and would rather not work, but seek leisure and rest.  But most writers, painters, actors, and ballet dancers who will become known vary from that norm.

Creative people do not avoid work, but absorb themselves in it, even though the work of a recognizably accomplished artist is difficult, extremely hard to master, and taxing.  What drives them to the easel or keyboard every possible day is the joy of working and a desire for creative fulfillment, a special state of being that lies at the far end of hard work that…

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28 thoughts on “Artists and Their Love of Work

  1. Writing to Freedom

    Kudos on being featured in David’s article on creative work. I know it requires work, persistence, and passion, but he makes it sound rather dogged and dreary. You and your art speak to me of flow, joy, and allowing. If I were to call myself an artist, I would rather approach it from those qualities.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Brad. Your comment gave me much food for thought and as always I thank you for it.

      I tend to show on my blog and other social media uplifting work including my magical hummingbirds which symbolise for me the ‘unseen magic’ in the world:) In fact, over my long and varied career I have painted large series of very meaningful and sometimes highly controversial work.

      As someone who has made there way exclusively from their work as an artist, particularly for the past 32 years since I have been on my own – I can attest to the deep, passionate desire it takes to do this. As an artist, at best one’s lifestyle is all about ‘feast or famine’ – but as David points out in his blog.. being a working artist is not about money. I have learned to trust that my needs will be met somehow….and amazingly, as long as I am ‘Following my bliss’ to quote Joseph Campbell….my needs are met.

      Rather than it all being dogged and dreary way of being , it is a life of great abundance in ways that most people don’t quite understand.

      As I get older, now 73, I am more excited than ever about the creative process and what it means in all of our lives….It is true that my recent work is much more uplifting, mirrowing the way I am feeling.

      David who is a published author, understands the creative psyche as well as anyone I have ever met and so for me this article is life affirming to read…..

      Once again thank you so much…and hope you are keeping warm – we are hearing how brutally cold it is in part of the States.

      Janet x

      1. Writing to Freedom

        Thank you for the kind and thoughtful response Janet. I admire you and anyone who chooses to live as a working artist. It seems a hard road in our culture. I was not willing to risk it all for my art. I’m glad you’re at a point where you love the creative process, trust life to support you, and continue to share your art and wisdom. Thank you.

  2. Julia

    This is a great read 🙂 I do sometimes wonder how I would manage if I didn’t also have a full time job. Sometimes I think it’d be the dream to paint all day, and other times I wonder if I need to draw and paint as an escape to balance everything out.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Julia…thank you very much for your comment.

      It wasn’t until I was almost forty that I took the leap of faith…I jumped off the cliff – and stopped straddling fences!

      At the time all my friends thought I had gone mad….but in fact I went sane!

      My first solo exhibition was in the USA in 1976….At the time I was married and had a nine year old son and newborn baby girl. I prepared for the exhibition with my daughter strapped to me in a papoose. I was young.:)

      To be a working artist, we need to use our creative skills to find different ways of making a living. I have, and continue to give residential workshops….During the middle of my career I painted large corporate murals on both sides of the Atlantic. I have tried my best to keep up with technology especially with social media. In many ways it has changed my life.

      As I mentioned in my comment to Brad. David, a published author, understands and is able to verbalise how the creative mind works as well as anyone I know.

      I look forward to seeing more of your work on your blog.


  3. Laura Bloomsbury

    Your work has enormous breadth and leaves me quite breathless just gazing on it – the waterbirds take off with such fluidity – compare that to the ‘Turning of Backs’ – almost carved in sandstone.
    p.s. I read the article and still envy the artist – for all the enormity of effort and focus involved

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hello Laura..thank you for your lovely comment.

      The paintings shown on this blog span many years i.e. the ‘Turning of the Backs’ painted in 1982 (large oil on canvas)….was part of a large series of work – approx. 30 paintings. The series was inspired by the time I spent painting on Isle-au-Haut, Maine, a place which has the most amazing rock formations. I then integrated the human form after returning to my studio.

      ‘The Symbolic still life’ (large oil on canvas – 1990)…also part of a large series was painted in a large studio…and symbolises a big turning point in my l life.

      I tend to use watercolours when working in smaller spaces, which is the case at the moment…..and always carry watercolours with me wherever I travel.

      I am so grateful that i chose this life. Not easy, but more rewarding than I can ever express. I have no regrets whatsoever.


  4. Albert B. Casuga

    Thanks for the Rogers reblog, Janet. It reinforces my regard for you as artistepar excellence. 🙂

    Albert B. Casuga


  5. ĽAdelaide

    You are such an amazing inspiration and since i feel like a slug after a year of everything under the sun with little energy to go up to my studio, wc pencils get me by but how i miss my wet juicy color. someday soon i will once again be at it but in the meantime reading here and there, following your paths just feels so warm and cozy… and inspiring! i’ve had hummers here all winter… used to worry but finally i figured they just know more about hummer stuff than i do. along with a bunch of other things i’ve forgotten! 😉 xx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning and thank you so much for this lovely comment.

      We all go through those periods of feeling, sluggish, which I think is an excellent description. My suggestion would be to get a roll of inexpensive wall-paper lining….Roll it out on your studio floor or on a wall whichever works best. Mix some vibrant, juicy paint and PLAY. I am actually going to have my group in Portugal do this in April. WE have a big studio there and so my plan is to pin the paper along the studio wall and encourage everyone – when they inevitably have moment of getting stuck….to throw some paint at the wall and PLAY:) It really works and gets all the juices flowing.

      As for the hummingbirds, they always know more than we do. How wonderful to have them with you:)

      May your creative juices flow and have a lovely weekend. Janet 🙂 xx

  6. Jet Eliot

    A complete thrill to see your work highlighted in David’s article, Janet. Some of them I have seen before in your posts, but of course it was great to see them featured here, to see them again, and to see new ones as well. Your history of making art is a stellar accomplishment, and an honor to witness. I always thoroughly enjoy your bird paintings, but also liked the Wales landscape (exquisite), the nudes, and the photo of you looking up during the installation. Congratulations my friend, and many thanks to both you and David for the unending inspiration.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Jet…thank you so much. I admire David’s writing about creative thinking a great deal. He seems to be able to get into the heads of we creatives. Enjoy your day and week ahead. Janet

  7. Content Catnip

    Janet what a wonderful article, really inspiring and motivating as a creative person to read such a piece. He is lucky to have your art in his article to brighten up the piece and show how a true artist produces work in the creative flow 🙂 xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment. David writes so incredibly well about the creative process and how we creatives think and are…….He inspires me to move forward with confidence and courage:) Hop you enjoy a very creative day. Janet 🙂 xx


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