Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tell All: Chapter 1

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, starts 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? 
It's all about the journey. Make. Create. Don't worry or over think. Make art for you and your own sake. Kelly Kilmer

That art would become as natural a part of my life as breathing. That it would dip its touch into everything I do. And that exploring art would make me so happy. Angela Cartwright

That we are naturally all artists and that I don't have to go to school or conform to others' ideas or expectations. In other words, I wish I'd had more courage. That's why as a teacher I always try to instill that. Judy Wise

It truly is about process and that being exposed to the incredible range of talent, styles and possibilities can be as overwhelming as it is inspiring. Patti Edmon

No matter how many paths distract you, or whether anyone tries to sway you in the future, you will always make art. Julie Schackson

Craftmanship will come if you keep at it; get your ideas as best as you can with the abilities you have right now. Diana Trout

There are no rules in art. Follow you own instincts and do what makes you feel good. Roseann Cazares

There will be dry spells and times of creative block and these will pass. Terry Garrett

Not every page or piece has to be a masterpiece. They'll make more paper...just go for it. You don't learn if you don't play. Dina Wakley

That I have my own voice. I don't need to have my paintings look like any "popular" artists in order to be successful as an artist. Julie Prichard


Next Tell All with be posted on Sunday, January 13th


MadBirdDesignsUK said...

I think I am going to print this out and stick it on my art room wall. So many of these statements agree with my thinking. Happy New Year. regards Joan

ArtPropelled said...

Judy Wise's words ring true for me. If only I had had more courage to express myself, especially as a teenager and known that I didn't have to conform to what other people thought of as art.

froebelsternchen said...

Wisdoms of artists -
wisdoms that bring true happiness also to other parts of our lives!

Thank you to all for this!

Julie Prichard said...

I always like coming back to read these, Seth, because I am curious to see if what I gave you as my response still holds true on the publication date. Thanks for everything!

bohemiannie! art said...

So many said exactly what I would have!

Unknown said...

I agree with Mad Bird Designs, I want to print this out and paste it on my wall!

The Creative Beast said...

As someone who DID study art in formal way, but never acquired a degree in it, I say HERE HERE to the wise words of JUDY WISE! We ARE all artists quite naturally, but being in a formal classroom can often quench the natural abilities, so hooray for the many wonderful instructors providing workshops for those of us who choose to learn in a more PLAYFUL way =-)
Looking forward to the rest of this series Seth!

Roseann Cazares said...

Thank you, Seth, for including me with these wonderful artists! It has been awhile since I answered this question, as well as the others you posed to us. I always stand by my words: follow your own instincts and do what makes you feel good, after all, you will only find your own voice, whether it is in art, or anything else in life, if you don't concern yourself with what others think is "good" or "best".

Roseann Cazares said...

Thank you, Seth, for including me in this group of wonderful artists! It's been awhile since I answered this question and the others you posed to us. However, I always stand by my words: "follow your own instincts and do what makes you feel good", whether it is in making art or anything else in life. Afterall, you can't find your voice if you are always concerned with what others deem is "good" or "best". Thank you again and happy 2013!

Lynn Cohen said...

I couldn't have said it, any of it, better myself!

Jo Murray said...

I've saved these pearls to a word document to put on my studio wall. Thanks.

Parabolic Muse said...

These are deserving of putting on the walls as constant inspiration.

Diana Trout {} said...

Such great wisdom here, Seth. Thank you for sharing this.

Diana Trout {} said...

and thank you for including me!