Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Growing as an artist
When I started this blog, my intention was to chronicle my experience in building an art career. I imagined that would mean talking about exhibits, shows, sales and new work. I predicted that my beginnings would be humble, but that slowly and steadily I would forge some resemblance of an art career. I gave myself a year to accomplish this. A few months in, I started to feel stuck. I hadn't made any real progress. I was still broke and unable to get proper supplies. Things just didn't seem to be happening for me. I started to question whether I had chosen the right vocation. Maybe I wasn't really an artist. I didn't have anything profound to say, my work wasn't cohesive. Yet, I could not put my brush down, so to speak. I just needed to create more and let things flow. Just make what I wanted to make without concern for whether or not it looked good. Just create and then refine. Refine, refine, refine. I'm now starting to develop a solid body of work that says who I am as an artist. Who I thought I was as an artist, is not who I've turned out to be. And I'm still growing. So, I guess this is growth.