And I responded with, "I think the answer is clear...bonafide artists with education and people who have studied art for a long time...there is a trend now that anybody is an artist and if it pleases someone that is enough...it isn't...art is a profession and should be respected as such...I have 30+ years painting and doing art behind me as well as a degree so I think what i observe might have some value..."
Please note...drawing perfect eyelashes does not make a work great...the eyes need to have life, warmth and light in them.. Adding a tear under a dead eye does not mean your work is showing sorrow. Don't bother copying perfect eyes from photographs, instead make your lines and shapes dance on the canvas.
It was YEARS after my college degree, and graduate studies that I was finally ready to even call myself an artist. I always referred to myself as a "student of the arts". I had such respect for the title of "artist" that it took me many years of intense work and study before I felt I could assume that crown which i held sacred. Many people these days slap that lable to themselves like a 3 cent postage stamp....
People write to me saying art is subjective, meaning what you like....but is that really true? I think not. Take those technically almost correct works done on black velvet of cowboys...some people might call that good art because it appeals to them. It isn't great art however, not even fine art in any sense of the word.
I feel good art is a combination of talent, perseverence, education and feeling. It has to come from the mind, heart and soul of an artist and connect with the heart, mind and soul of the viewer, touch the emotions in some way. I also feel that art history is part of an artist's education.