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ENERGETIC CREATIVE EFFORT

Untitled", mixed media on wood, 10"x 8", ©2017 David Limrite

Untitled", mixed media on wood, 10"x 8", ©2017 David Limrite


“I had what it takes to make a good artist: sensitivity and tremendous will power. Hypersensitivity - because in order to be an artist you have to react intensely.”
Alice Neel


Energetic Creative Effort

You are not what you create. You are not your painting. Forgetting this is what makes criticism so difficult. When we forget that we are not our creations, criticism can feel like a personal attack. If you have trouble receiving criticism of your work, remember that you are not the one being criticized.

Now, while we are not our painting, we did create that painting. With our own two hands. And as a result, our energy and spirit are reflected in the work. The work reflects back to us and to viewers how we felt about creating it. If you loved the process of creating your work, it will show. If you were fully engaged, enthusiastic and excited, it will show.

Consequently, if you are not enjoying yourself and the process, the work will show that too. And what it reflects back will feel spiritless, soulless and lifeless.

If you want to create work that is vibrant and full of life, guess what you have to be, while you are creating it?

Work that is vibrant, energetic and soulful will receive more positive feedback than negative criticism.

Try to inject everything you make with the most honest, creative energy that you can.

Best,

David


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