It is silence and choice, longing and waiting. It is working out and working on. It is holding and giving, clutching and releasing.
Being in a peak creative time is thrilling and rewarding in a hundred different ways, but you can’t stay at the top forever.
There are all kinds of work you can do to make you and your art effective, but it takes faith to create and believe that what you create matters.
I don’t remember what made me think to start layering my scanned drawings together into complex sketch collages.
If you are an artist who isn’t afraid to mix with other artists, can put forth a little hustle to promote yourself and would like another avenue to get your name and work noticed, then RAW is for you.
The creative life doesn’t come easily and requires wise teachers, self-motivation, honesty and humility to learn how to turn the job of artist into a life’s work.
It makes me happy to display the work I’ve done as a way of declaring it finished. I’ve always felt that art is never truly done until it has been given over to an audience.
Last year at this time, I was asked by a friend of mine to create some prop artwork for an indie film she was working on.
You know that popular definition of insanity, right? “Doing the same things and expecting a different result.” Your creativity needs difference and variety of experience in order to be able to make new connections and generate original ideas.
Perspiration sets you up for inspiration. Or, as Pablo Picasso put it, “Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.”
Choosing boldness to assert a piece of my identity as a creator as it relates to the work that I create made the work itself stronger.
I think it may be becoming a disease of our culture that we have so many things to think about at once that we spend much of our time thinking about nothing at all.
One of the universal questions along the journey of following your passion is, “How do I get better?”
Many of the answers are often wonderful and correct, but vague and confusingly actionable. Here are some less murky things you can start doing today to improve your craft:
Part 2, 5 more questions that every artist should have a good, thoughtful answer for.
Part 1, 5 of 10 questions that every artist should have a good, thoughtful answer for.
I had never expected that I would get to see so much of Rothko’s work in one place in my life. I didn’t think it was possible to have an art experience so intimate and important and comprehensive. These paintings mean so much to me, and as I moved from canvas to canvas, room to room, the real wonder of Mark Rothko’s work became ever more clear.