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Arts, general, artist.  ---  .This section is about the general nature of artists.  Topics include: ( ) Psychology of artist.  Neurosis and art.  ( ) Sexuality and artist.  Bisexuality and art.  ( ) Artist and society.  Fame and art.  ---  1/24/2006

Arts, general, artist.  ---  (1) Art is not for neurotics only.  Many people who produce art are not neurotic.  Many people who consume art are not crazy.  (2) Art is not for bisexuals only.  Many people who produce art are not bisexuals.  Many people who consume are are not bisexuals.  (3) Actually, it is perhaps more accurate to say that everyone is a neurotic bisexual, and thus art is for everyone.  ---  8/23/2005

Arts, general, artist.  ---  (1) Artist as a neurotic trying to (A) Express himself, or (B) Relieve neurotic tensions, or (C) Heal himself.  (2) Artist as a person who thinks he has something to say.  (3) Artist as game playing, having fun, seeking and giving aesthetic pleasure.  Artist as hedonist.  ---  08/01/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  (1) It takes ego:  To believe in yourself.  To assert the will.  To create a world.  (2) It takes no ego:  (A) To renounce everything.  To reject everything.  To give up the prizes of the system.  (B) To observe only.  To become your subject.  To disappear.  (3) This is the paradox of the artist: Plenty of ego and no ego at all.  All at the same time.  ---  7/18/2000

Arts, general, artist.  ---  (1) One measure of success of an artist.  How many people do you reach?  How much do you affect each person, emotionally and intellectually?  (2) Another measure of artistic success.  How true are you to your vision?  How much do you work at it?  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  (1) People who burned out.  (2) People who sold out.  ---  07/29/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Art and sex.  Many artists make art to create a mythical, imaginary woman with whom they have the imaginary love, sex, friendship relationship they cannot find in real life.  As geniuses they cannot find a real woman on their level who reaches the mental ideal they have created.  So they create the woman and the relationship in art.  They may dedicate the artwork to this woman.  They may use this mythical woman as their "muse" for inspiration.  ---  02/07/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist (producer).  Views of artist.  (1) Artists view of self, and society's view of artist.  (2) Artist as rebel, idealist, romantic, hero, bohemian, decadent, liberal, anarchist, psychologically imbalanced, avante garde.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist as neurotic and bisexual?  Everyone is neurotic and bisexual.  ---  5/25/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist as sensitive.  This can mean at least two things.  (1) The artist has keen senses.  The artist senses many perceptions.  The artist senses strong perceptions.  (2) The artist is emotionally sensitive.  The artist feels many emotions.  The artist feels strong emotions.  ---  11/23/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist as slightly mad and therefore financially poor due to social maladjustment leading to poor work record.  Artist as financially poor due to lack of patrons and therefore driven mad by grinding poverty.  ---  10/23/1993

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist as visionary, ahead of the curve.  ---  5/14/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist defined as a person who is "id controlled" rather than "ego controlled" or "superego controlled".  The realm of the id is the unconscious.  The artist often  works from the unconscious.  Consequently, the artist often does not know what he wants.  The artist does not know why he feel the way he feels.  The artist does not know why he does the things he does.  ---  10/5/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artist's attitudes toward artwork, audience, and artist himself.  (1) What should be the attitude of the artist toward the work of art?  Some artists care very little about their artwork.  Some artists care almost too  much about their artwork.  (2) What should be the attitude of the artist toward the audience?  Some artists care not at all about their audience.  Some artists care almost too much about their audience.  (3) What should be the attitude of the artist toward him or herself?  Some artists do not take care of themselves, and thus perish.  Some artists have over-inflated egos, and think too much of themselves.  ---  7/22/2006

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artists as escapist, avoidant, repressed neurotics.  Art consumers as leisured neurotics.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Artists may say they want to touch you emotionally, but perhaps their artistic drive comes from an unconscious desire to touch you physically.  ---  02/22/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  As an artist, a certain part of my job is being different, being an individual, being alone.  I bring a new point of view to the group.  If you are an oddball, misfit or loner you might be an artist.  No one will tell you.  You must recognize it.  You must declare it.  Then go exploring.  ---  4/4/2005

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Besides his/her view of the world, and his/her intentions when producing the art, what are the artists conscious or unconscious ideas about art when he creates his art work?  What is his/her philosophy of art?  ---  01/01/1993

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Bisexual.  Art is a matter of emotion and reason.  Sensitivity (to environment) and aggression (creativity).  Masculine and feminine.  This is why your best artists are bi-sexual.  Manly women and feminine men.  ---  12/06/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Bisexuals make good artists.  Aggressive male drive and female sensitivity.  Inner sexual conflict and sexually frustrated.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Change and artist.  The artist always looks for something new.  New ideas.  New experiences.  Artists are not "Thirty years at the same job" types of people.  ---  4/4/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Change and artist.  The artist wants change to gain new experiences.  Change in relationships.  Change in place where live.  Change in job.  Stasis is for the unthinking.  Stasis is for those who dislike progress.  The artist wants to grow and develop.  ---  4/8/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Creation depends on psychology of artist and materials available.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Creation: exploration, adventure, freedom, rock n roll.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Creativity depends on (1) Pre-philosophy/science ways of experiencing world, which are stronger in youth.  (2) Unconscious tensions.  Sexual drive sublimated, which is stronger in youth.  (3) Intelligence.  (4) Hormones: drive, testosterone.  (5) It is an aggressive act.  (6) It is a sexual act.  (7) Energy.  (8) Talent.  (9) Turmoil, conflict (psychological, social, etc.) makes best art.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Creativity.  Burnout of the artist due to age.  Hormone decrease, and loss of idealism.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Development of artist's (1) Mental abilities.  (2) Theoretical knowledge.  (3) Technical abilities.  (4) Personality and character.  (5) Style.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Everyone is an artist.  ---  12/12/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Fame and artists.  Success ruins artists.  Success changes the environment that produced them as artists.  (1) Success leads to acceptance of the artist by society.  The artist is drawn in from the outside.  The artist loses his psychological frame of reference as an outsider.  (2) Success also causes a reduction of survival tensions in the artist.  Survival tensions are part of what spurs the artist to create.  The artist, once mired in poverty, now works from a state of riches.  Riches can reduce the artist's creative drive.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Fame.  Monetary success and popular fame ruins artists.  In search of it they bow down to the society they rejected.  ---  01/07/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Four stages the artist goes through.  (1) I do not fit in, I am a misfit.  (2) I do not have a voice, so I cannot be an artist.  (3) Not fitting in makes me unique, which is good.  (4) I am finding my voice, and I can be an artist.  ---  10/30/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  If you are going to be an artist, then you are probably going to be poor.  If you are going to buck the system, or criticize the system, or try to improve the system, then you are probably going to be poor.  Learn how to deal with being poor.  Learn how to deal with sometimes feeling like a failure, even if you are really not.  Learn how to deal with social criticism, scorn, mocking, etc.  Learn how to deal with living on little money.  ---  6/8/2006

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Liberal artists vs. conservative artists.  Ex.s Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas vs. Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, T.S. Elliot.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Psychology of artist.  The artist is a rebel.  The artist wants change.  ---  2/18/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Stages of the emotional plunge.  (1) I don't feel and don't want to feel.  (2) I don't feel but want to feel.  (3) I feel.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist creates out of the two great instinctual drives for survival and sex.  His two muses are death and women.  He seeks catharsis for himself, and thus gives it to others.  ---  03/13/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist is working from turmoil, trying to achieve catharsis.  ---  12/12/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist must quickly cover the old truths and propose new truths, in the form of new questions and new answers.  ---  03/10/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist must understand his own time and place, yet must also transcend his own time and place.  This is why many artists are into traveling and studying history.  ---  12/10/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist uses coffee, cigarettes, to stimulate and free up their unconscious.  When the unconscious speaks, all defenses are down.  This is why artists are fragile.  They try to speak directly from the unconscious.  ---  12/14/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The artist, perhaps more so than the average person, confronts each new day as "a new person in a new world".  This phenomena has the following effects: (1) It increases the artist's creativity as he or she struggles to come up with new ideas to deal with his or her new situation.  (2) It causes a greater degree of confusion and pain in the artist than in the average person.  (3) It explains the psychological fragility and instability of the artist.  (4) It explains why the artist often appears as a chameleon, ever changing and re-inventing themselves.  (5) It explains why the artist often acts as a child, full of wonder and curiosity.  ---  4/6/1999

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The great artist gets there first and does the best job.  Best technique, best cathartic payoff, and best insights (truthful, complex, subtle).  ---  03/14/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The great artist has great passion and great intellect.  ---  01/07/1989

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The life and joy of the artist is the assertion of the true self.  ---  09/06/1988

Arts, general, artist.  ---  The thing about artists is, willfully or unwillfully, regardless of talent, they lay bare their souls and put out a lot for free.  Open, honest, naive, sensitive.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Three definitions or traits of artist.  (1) Emotion, rather than reason.  (2) Ideas, rather than unthinking (anti-intellectualism) or materialism (find meaning in physical things).  (3) Perfection, rather than mediocrity of the bourgeoisie.  ---  06/10/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Traits of the artist?  (1) Memory wipes out overnight.  Everyday is a new day, literally.  Must explain the world anew each day.  (2) Unsatisfied, disturbed.  Easily bored.  In a love/hate relationship with the world.  Not calm, peaceful, happy, or content.  (3) Expressive.  Tell the world!.  ---  10/20/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Two types of artist.  (1) Artist as a rebellious teenager.  Goes his or her own way.  Won't fit in.  Won't accept world as given.  Creator of a new world.  (2) Artist as conduit or receiver.  Sees a world others don't see.  Writes or draws what they see.  Not creating, just transcribing.  Calls it like they see it.  ---  8/26/2000

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Two types of artist.  (1) Just makes it.  Works from the gut.  (2) Figures out all their ideas (philosophy), and then makes the work to try to communicate what they have already thought or said.  They talk about it, and have ideas on what it is, and why it is good.  ---  04/24/1997

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Views of the artist.  (1) Artist as valuable member of society.  Society accepts and rewards artist.  Establishment artists.  Versus.  (2) Artist as gadfly.  Artist as challenge to society.  Artist as critic of society.  Anti-establishment artists.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Views of the artist.  (1) Artist's worth is not based on the money they make.  Artist is a creator of non-monetary value.  (2) Artist has courage to think, feel and speak.  (3) Artist is ahead of the curve.  Artist as prescient.  (4) Artist is fine tuned.  Artist is sensitive.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, general, artist.  ---  When we say that the artist "creates", we can use that term analogously to mean: (1) The artist wants to have sex.  Creating art is either a stand-in for sex, or a functional equivalent to having sex.  (2) The artist wants to have kids.  The artwork is the (brain) child.  (3) The artist wants to be god.  The artist as meglo-maniac who sees himself as a god who creates, controls and destroys worlds, characters, events, etc.  ---  3/23/1999

Arts, general, artist.  ---  Who is an artist?  One view is that everyone is an artist.  Another view says that only professional artists, the people who support themselves by making art, only they are artists.  Another view says that amateurs are artists.  Another view says that if you call yourself an artist then you are an artist.  Another view says that if other people call you an artist then you are an artist.  That is a lot of different views of who is an artist.  I tend to think that everyone is an artist.  Everyone thinks or artistically, that is for sure, using a variety of artistic methods including mental images, sounds, music, word games, metaphors, emotions, sensations.  Some people express themselves artistically more than other people.  ---  6/15/2007

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