Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.
Style File, Techniques & Tools, Master Class, It's Still Life, and Playing Favorites were the first five projects posted and links to all these posts can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The final project from The Pulse #5, Tell All, continues now...
Participants were asked: what is the one thing that you know now that you would have liked to have known when you first started to create art?
Art is not about fame nor fortune; it is dedication, exploration, work and the "what if" factor. We have an innate ability to give amazing amounts of joy to others through our creations. That is the artist's duty. Anne M. Huskey-Lockard
There are no mistakes. That was revelatory. Wish I'd come to that realization earlier. Once I embraced the concept, I felt freer in my expression. Some of my most creative work is done as a result of my not trying to control the outcome. Arabella Grayson
Relax...and enjoy the process. The process is more important than the product. I still remember a life drawing class I took at the beginning where the instructor belittled my method of sketching during "warm-ups". It took me forever to get over this! Even now I have to remind myself that my best work happens when I relax and have fun! David Hayes
There are two and they apply to the novice and the experienced artist: take risks with your work and before you take criticism to heart, consider the source and motivation behind it. Barbara Kleinhans
The more you know, the more there is to learn. Now that I've lived enough years to experience this first hand, I feel just a little embarrassed about some of my early masterpieces. Martha Marshall
To play more and not compare my art to that of other, more experienced artists. Nelda Ream
It is okay to explore ideas without needing everything to be a complete success - "mistakes" can lead to really great solutions. To work with confidence. It shows in my final work. And to make the art I want to make, not what someone else wants... Terry Rafferty
That you can do it, that you should do it, and that the more you do it, the better you feel! Lani Gerity
I wish I had known that nobody gets it right all the time. Some pieces never get "finished", and sometimes the work takes you to completely unexpected and uncomfortable places. Kesha Bruce
That art must be created for one's self rather than for anyone else. If it satisfies or speaks to you, it is bound to appeal to someone else as well, while the inverse - I think - is not true. Sally Turlington
Next Tell All with be posted on Sunday, January 20th