Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tell All: Chapter 2

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


Gwen Buchanan said...

Don't be afraid!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Seth!
(and I can pull my head out of the sand!)
I may have written that in 2011, but I still follow those words, even when I cannot remember them.....
These are all beautiful quotes describing the importance of following the heart and remaining true to vision, fighting past the voices of others and channeling our own talent.


Laura said...

All good stuff

Anonymous said...

Hey! That's not bad advice! I couldn't have said it any better myself!! (Oh...I did!)

Lynn Cohen said...

Relaxing and enjoy what you do, that has become my way and it works for me! Making art in any form is just so much fun! Happy Sunday Seth !

yoborobo said...

What great words of inspiration from these artists! Thank you for sharing them. :) Pam

Jo Murray said...

Have these people been reading my mind? All true.

Barbara Kleinhans said...

wow...didn't remember writing that until I read it! Good reminder for me.

Art Matters said...

What comes through in all of these is that we put too much store in "perfection" and that the "mistakes" are usually the path to greater things.
I have to stop trying to be so controlling - not easy !

bohemiannie! art said...

All of this is great advice. So many are told they 'can't'. Believe in yourself.

Unknown said...

Wonderful to read such inspiration. For me there's just one word that's important in art, in life, in everything. "enjoy!". Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. It is much appreciated. Maddy x

Bill said...

Some wise people here! : )