Am I an Artist?

What makes an artist? A lot of you would answer that question with something along the lines of “person who creates works of art” – and that is true. Here where I live, however, the term ‘artist’ is somewhat defined as “a person who has undergone minimum three years – ideally five or more – of Fine Art education at University level, and is therefore eligible for Art Project Scholarships and/or funds” – which is, for the most part, true for many artist who do art full-time. It is also, however, limiting in that getting accepted to a Fine Art University program is anything but easy.

My personal definition of what makes an artist is wonderfully vague: Person who creates works of art and have these works of art exposed to the public. Very often I define the “exposed to the public” part of this as having their art shown at a gallery or similar. Whether or not they do art full-time is largely irrelevant.

In spite of this, I (still) struggle with calling myself an artist, because I have not gone to art school (although I have taken a few painting courses, many years ago), and I have not exposed my art to the public by way of exhibition in a gallery. For now, my personal definition of when I get to call myself an artist is the moment I have sold a work of art. I would like to call myself an artist now – but I’m not entirely sure I can.

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What do you think makes an artist?

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Hallowed Ground

I want to talk about cemeteries – graveyards – as they are my favourite place to visit; to photograph; to get inspired by. Last fall, I moved from a smallish town just north-east of Oslo, to a slightly bigger town just south-east of Oslo. On one of our many, many trips back an forth between locations with boxes upon boxes of stuff, we came upon this magical place. Continue reading

World-Building & Twitter

I decided that, since I use Instagram as a way to expose my Art Photography, I could use Twitter as a means to expose my writing – so I made a twitter account for vinterheim. You can find me here @vinterheim

With that out of the way, let’s talk about world-building. It is something I have never really done before, and therefore also something I find myself struggling with. Nevertheless, it’s something that needs to be done in order for me to have complete control over the landscape and scenes in my novel. So – I build my world as best I can.

I had asked people to read the short 1400-or-so word text I had written the other day. And I received loads of feedback! Most of which were along the lines of I wish this was longer, I wanted to read more / this, that and the other thing needed more explanation. So I’ve done the sensible thing, and started to flesh out the storyline (a lot). This is partly also the reason I’m world-building my butt off. My intention is to write a novel that’s suitable for kids in the 8-10 year old age-bracket, but also a novel that could be read by older kids – even adults – and enjoyed equally. Is it a lofty ambition? Hell yes. I expect I will be revising and re-writing this beast several times before even considering attempting to get it published.

But hey, if nothing else – at least I’ll end up with something I can work with, right?

Hopes, Dreams and Support

Initially, this website was meant to be just for my Art Photography. I have later come to realize, however, that I do more than just that: I write, I draw, I make videos, I sometimes do a combination of all of these things.

I am currently working on a couple of book projects which will encompass most – if not all – of the forms of art I dabble in: The first being a children’s book, where I’m now in the process of revision / re-writing / fleshing out the story, and later I will attempt to illustrate it as best as I can. The second book project I tinker with from time to time whenever I feel the urge to develop the world and characters for it is a longer novel, primarily aimed at a New Adult / Young Adult (teenage – mid-20s) audience.

On top of this, I also still take pictures.

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So – this website or blog or whatever you want to call it will from now on serve as a hub of art and creativity. Whatever I may launch myself into, it should go through here at some point in time.

Also, because my over-arching goal in life is to a) write and publish (at least one) a book, and b) sell a piece of art, and these things sometimes require a bit of support, I have tweaked my Patreon-page to accommodate that fact. It is meant to serve as an option for those who wish to support me, and you should in no way feel obligated to do so.

My Patreon-page can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/vinterheim

So, there you have it – new year, new opportunities. More art. More everything.

 

 

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss

The following is an on-going project inspired by blackmetal.

 

 

© vinterheim 2016