The dictionary says an artist' is "someone skilled in the creative process."
Am I skilled? And what's this "Creative Process"?
If you're looking for a definition, then you don't get it. If you're searching for it, you'll never find it. Creativity comes to you when you stop searching, and you embrace the idiosyncratic world of your own mind.
In this creative space there is no judgement, no pleasing other people, and there is no justification. Creativity is raw.
Take a wild horse for instance. If you want to saddle it and ride it, you have to break it. People are the same way. We start out wild, and society breaks us in as we age. We are taught to fit in. And creativity is the exact opposite. It's embracing the "different" and "unknown". It's trusting in the haphazard thoughts and visions that come in to our mind, and focusing that energy in to colors and forms.
I've recently come to the conclusion that being an artist means that you don't care whether or not anyone else thinks you are. You just....are. I've always believed that I felt things on a level that other people just didn't understand. And now I know that it is the blessing and the curse of being an artist. We are tuned in to a different level than most people. We see things that others do not. The beauty and privilege of being an artist, is that I get to harness that emotion and passion and show it to the world through my art.
It's like sending out radio waves and waiting until someone with the same frequency comes along and BAM! they can hear me. They feel it.
So when you're out there, viewing art in its many forms, don't over think it. It's more about the feeling. Does it invoke something in you? If so, what? Think about why you like it, or hate it, and what it might be trying to show you. You might just walk away with a little glimpse in to the stimulating mind of an artist.