Most people don't know what to do with an artist. Pat them on the head like a cute little pug? Patronize them? Pity them? I mean, come on. It's not like they have a real job, right?
Artists actually are people too, despite their crazy hours and quirky garb. Yeah, don't think I didn't notice you giving my purple overalls the stink eye.
Anyway, just like gerbils, there is a proper way to care for and feed the artist in your life, be they writer, potter, interpretive dancer, or hip-hop-opera-jazz-fusion musician.
The Top 3 Ways to Support the Artist in Your Life
#1. Buy their art.
That's right. Pry open your wallet and fork out some cash. Yes, even if you don't like their particular type of art. Gift it if you must.
There's more than enough negativity in this world, and believe it or not, your artist is trying their level best to spread beauty and positivity. Offer encouragement, not criticism. And for heaven's sake, realize that their choice of career IS a real job.
#3. Share the love.
Word of mouth is the best way to support an artist. Tell others about their art. Facebook it. Tweet it. Link or Plus or Tumble, whatever your social media of choice is. Your artist will be eternally grateful.
And last, but not least, chocolate or coffee is always welcome.
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me
two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the
latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti
phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?