Art is a gift
Art is ultimately just gifts. Art is gifted first to the artist from mysterious bestower. The transfer of art gifts to others builds a community: A gift begins a non-existing relationship and A gift strengthens an existing relationship.
But this only becomes possible if these gifts are given freely in the spirit of gifts. When seen this way, the artist releases and lets go of all the pressure there is to make money out of his art. He doesn’t have to because they are not naturally commodities in the first place.
To support themselves while doing their art, here are Ways that artists can sustain their art in a market economy.