The impetus to create a particular piece of art comes from somewhere unknown, somewhere within – an itch that must be scratched – and it won’t let up until you make it happen. Unconcerned with the reasons why and what for – such concerns forever drowned out by the cacophony of the idea demanding to be realised – something is created where there was previously nothing and the mind can once again be at ease.
Until of course the next spark comes and takes its place that is.
Being true to yourself and genuine with the ideas that come to eat away at you – from whatever source it is they come – this is what should drive the art you create, not attempting to second guess the latest trend or fashion of the day. By maintaining honesty and integrity in your muse, you can be comforted by never having to question if you are doing the right thing or not.
That’s not to say anyone else is going to like it – in fact it is likely some people will hate it.
What resonates with you may not resonate with anyone else, but to start down the path of trying to pre-empt what others may like will mean forever chasing the undefinable and the essence that makes something unquestionably you is lost.
While the drive to create a piece of art must come from you and you alone, if it is only going to sit in the back your wardrobe and never be seen by another soul, then there is an opportunity lost. This is the point where doubt again rears its ugly head for to display what is ultimately a projection of you for the world to see and critique is somewhat intimidating to say the least.
But again, while you are ultimately responsible for the effort to which you put into the work, but you have absolutely no bearing on how this work is perceived and nor should it be your concern.
Easier said than done of course but this mindset helps you jump that hurdle and get your stuff out there.
I entered a piece into the Blackwood Art Show which ran from the 10th – 20th July and for me displaying my work at the show was about practicing jumping that mental hurdle again and again until it becomes second nature.
It was a nice surprise when I went to pick it up at the conclusion if the show to be informed it had been sold. It makes me happy to know that something I have created resonated enough with someone else that they were prepared to part with their hard earned in order to own the piece for themselves.
And while it shouldn’t matter, it’s still a good boost for the confidence – hell, I won’t say no!