|Chart of responses to Making A Park Poll (April 2012)|
Of 138 people who responded to the Poll the results were as follows:
- 61% are introverts
- 18% are very introverted
- 16% are ambiverts (able to relate to both introversion and extroversion)
I know I was fully expecting a strong lean towards introversion but not as much as that!
The number who thought they were extroverts was tiny - just 4% of the total poll.
I think that makes Introverts the "In Crowd"!
What is an Introvert?
What are the characteristics of an introverted personality - and how do these relate to being an artist? Here's my list - maybe you can add to it?
The bonuses of being introverted for artists
- take pleasure in solitary activities - like painting
- like working on their own - week after week, month after month, year after year
- not dependent on the company of others
- no need to verbalise - able to express their thoughts and feelings through their art
- much happier with one on one situations (such as when painting a portrait)
- happy to talk about what interests them
- capacity for long periods of focused attention (on creating art)
- motivation and energy comes from an inner world and internal direction
- usually not interested in following trends - tendency to tread their own path
- good at reflection - work requires thinking time
- enjoyment from solving problems and puzzles
- happy at home or communing with nature
The downside of being an Introverted Artist
- not very interested in or good at small talk at Private Views (Lucian Freud never went to his own Private Views)
- marketing (outward facing/people oriented) can seem like a real challenge for some
- communication with those people who sell your work can be difficult at times
- introverts don't follow the crowd - they don't even want to part of a crowd!
Would you care to elaborate and add in your own perspective on the characteristics of the Introverted Artist?