As I sit looking at my Christmas tree a simple thought came to me, being an artist is kind of like choosing a Christmas tree.
First you have to look around for a tree which when you sit see it you say to yourself I have to have it. Art is similar because when you first start out you may try a few different types of art until you pick one which resonates deep within your heart. I tried a few artistic outlets like music and writing until I fell in love with visual arts.
Second you need to decorate your tree just the way you like it. If your like my wife you put on some lights, then arrange the ornaments until they look perfect and then maybe top it off with some tinsel. As an artist you have to settle on a style all your own. This is what will set you apart from others. The process of developing your own style is a journey not unlike decorating a tree. You try some things, maybe you don’t like them so your rearrange them until you get something all your own.
Lastly if you have a live tree you need to nurture it by keeping it well watered. The same is true of your art. The only way to keep your art vibrant and growing is to keep it well watered. This requires you to always keep practicing and trying new things.