Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso
I just got off a Skype call with my grandboys and I can't stop from smiling. They are always such a delight even through a computer screen. Almost immediately after we started talking one ran to get something he had painted and of course his younger brother ran to do the same. I was offered painting after painting much to my great delight. Children's art is so spontaneous and loose, filled with exhuberance and without a trace of insecurity. At least that is true at first. I always have wondered why it stops, when is it we begin to censor ourselves? Why we let the opinions of others stop us from drawing, painting, singing out loud, and dancing to the music in public
I met with a group of artists last week who work in an art collective. We talked about lots of things regarding art and business. I was struck by the lack of confidence many expressed regarding the worth of their own work and especially the perception that our work has value only if it sells. There are many factors that influence sales: The ups and downs of the economy, the area we live in, the marketing strategies we employ, our exposure to the community. These are factors that affect our ability to make a sale, they are not factors that decide our personal worth as artists. As history demonstrates time and again, fame comes slowly and late to those who are great. But our value as an artist is separate from the value society at a particular moment places on a piece of our work. Be straight about this point please.
As creatives we must find a different set of criteria to use to determine our worth besides the price of a painting. We need generate a sense of worth directly from the actions we take, through the actual process of making art. Let our worth be determined by factors we have control over. Ask yourself these questions: Am I investing myself in the process of making art? Have I developed a set of strategies that will encourage interest in my art? How am I insuring that I continue to grow as an artist? What am I doing to discover more of what I have the potential to do? What am I doing to challenge myself?
As 2015 ends and 2016 is showing us its possibilities let's retrieve the child inside of all of us and embrace our spontaneous artistic selves once again. Let us put aside criticisms heard or perceived. Make art from your heart and mind and spirit. Let us challenge ourselves creatively to push beyond the familiar and embrace something unknown. Let's make marks, splash color, and find what is hidden beyond the obvious.
I hope you will stop by to let me know what you think.
Best wishes to you and yours throughout the holiday season and into the year to come