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Weekly Blog on creativity and what it takes to be an artist by David Limrite (artist, teacher, mentor & coach)


Yes, I created this. I figured that the only way that I am truly going to get to where I think I want to go with my figurative work is to dive head first into the abstract world and create some full-on abstract pieces. We shall see where this goes. This was created using the same materials and techniques that I have been using for the figure pieces. Charcoal, acrylic, collage and graphite. 10”x 10”. © 2017 David Limrite

“For any success, boldness is required.”
John Steinbeck from “The Winter of our Discontent”

What Kind Of Art Do You Make?

You are at a party, and, inevitably someone is going to ask you, “What do you do?” If you have the confidence to answer that question with, “I am an artist”, (see last weeks blog, 7/16, Artists Make Art), then the follow up question that you will surely receive will be, “What kind of art do you make?”

If you proudly proclaimed that you are an artist, then you better be able to succinctly describe your current art. Keep it short and simple. Your answer will surely provoke more questions and you will suddenly find yourself involved in an in-depth conversation about creativity. How cool is that?

For example, here is what I am currently telling people when they ask me about thekind of art that I make:

“I create expressive and emotionally charged mixed media, abstract figurative paintings.”

For some people, this is enough information, and for others, this answer sparks a whole series of follow-up questions.

The most popular follow-up question is, “Who are your influences?” It is a good idea to have an answer for this question as well.

I have a whole list of influences. Some well known by most people and some are a bit obscure. I have found that it is best to just mention the recognizable names, unless you are having a conversation with someone who is knowledgable about artists and art history.

My list of well known influences currently are: Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. (The last two are obscure for some folks).

Being able to call yourself an artist and then to succinctly and confidently describe the kind of art that you make are amazing confidence builders.

What kind of art do YOU make?







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