two artists can be just as caring about their art, just as serious, just as hard working, the same in skill and taste. they can be the same in all ways, and yet if one sells, he might be classified a professional, and if one does not sell, he is usually classified as an amateur.
both artist are making art, that is very much the same. but, what about motive? now, the one that sells as well as the one does not sell, can still both have the motive of doing art that they think is only worthwhile because it “could” sell. or they could both be doing art with a motive that does not include the motive of worth being related to money.
if a person gets an idea that they like, and they don’t do it because they think it’s an idea that will not sell, they are passing up that idea because are deciding the worth on money.
my question is, does that make a person a professional? if someone gets an idea and does it because the worth is in the idea itself or in the doing, does that make a person an amateur?
if the person sells his work, no matter why it was done, does that make the person a professional? if the person does not sell his work, no matter why it was done, does that make the person an amateur?
what if a person dedicates his life to God and the other dedicates his life to his art? does that make a difference in the classification?
what if one person does his art three days a week and the other does it five days a week? does that really make a difference in the classification?
if you saw art from two different people in the same place, if you did not think of it’s worth, or know if it was for sale or not, who did it, or why… would you be able to classify that art, or the artist, as amateur or professional?
if not for money, would it matter?
what matters to you?
photograph “glass in pane”