The Secret Heart, 24”x 18”, mixed media on wood © 2017 David Limrite
“Rather than setting out to paint something, I begin painting and as I paint, the picture begins to assert itself or suggest itself under my brush.”
Joan Miro, Artist
Making art can trigger uncertainty, doubt, fear, and insecurity, among other things. One minute we think we are in complete control, and the next minute we are most definitely out of control. At times we are confident in our abilities and skills, and then something happens that reminds us that we don’t have a clue. Empowerment turns into fear.
I talk a lot about process in this blog. Embracing the above described “roller coaster ride” is part of the process of creating.
We all know that this “roller coaster ride” is inevitable and is always waiting for us right around any given corner. We know that we are going to have moments of uncertainty, and yet, it still causes us frustration and urges us to want to quit this whole art making thing when it happens.
Here’s the deal. This art making journey that we are all on is a never ending one. We will never quit making art. We are artists. We live, breathe, eat and sleep art. So… we must embrace the “roller coaster ride”. We must embrace uncertainty, doubt, fear, and insecurity as part of the process. These things are going to haunt us from time to time, and there is nothing we can do about it.
We must create through the tough times.
We must create in the middle of things.
We must “create anyway”.
And, we must appreciate whatever shows up on the canvas on any given day. Good or bad.
And, once you decide to “create anyway”, you might as well kick some ass!