A starving artist is an artist who sacrifices material well-being in order to focus on their artwork. They typically live on minimum expenses either for lack of business or because all of their DISPOSABLE income goes toward more art projects, supplies all without paycheck. Is the artist suppose to figure this (internship) into the price of their art?
Covid-19 made it easier for art buyers to identify with the financial stuggle of an artist. Without realizing it thousands of people experienced the weekly, monthly, yearly, lifetime financial existence an artists endures every day. Yet an artist keeps working full time, creating and spending on more supplies, rents etc. That's before and after Covid.
An artist participates at
Art shows in the park or street
They pay $200 to $500 for that 10x10 art space for one weekend. Galleries also must charge artists wall rental plus commission fee and the Artist pays again just to be able to show their works. There is still no guaranteed paycheck.
Your artists are there for you on weekends and holidays struggling to live on the (ARTIST-19) every day income. They sometimes travel long distances and must schedule their Hoidays after the Holidays and weekends.
ART IS PRICELESS
IT ONLY HAS VALUE WHEN A BUYER UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF HOW THE ART MAKES YOU FEEL AND THE SACRIFICE OF THE ARTIST