CREATE FROM A PLACE OF JOY
Latest page from my large sketchbook project. I am trying to use color a little differently, experiment with thicker paint and minimize the brushstrokes. Five more pages to go. And then I want to get back to the hearts.
"Every day I realize more and more how difficult art is…But also every day I rejoice and like it."
Create From A Place of Joy
Creating good art, interesting art, beautiful art or thought provoking art is difficult. However, this does not mean that art making cannot be fun and joyous. For me, the key is to focus on the making. The doing. Process not outcome. My finished pieces are so much better when I can get myself to focus on the process and not on the end product. In this case, the art comes from the heart, not the brain. And it is a lot more fun and enjoyable.
Jim Dine says that, for him, "Once a piece is finished, the party is over and the piece then has to take care of itself." And then he moves on to the next piece. And the next. And the next.
Make a commitment to joy every step of the way. ( Even if it is not going so well. Especially if it is not going so well! )
This also means that you must accept the natural ups and downs of the entire process. It also means that you should not aim for perfection. You aim for doing the best that you can. Predict success but be open to the possibility of failure. Remember, failure is the best learning tool there is.
Creating from a place of joy allows you to gain momentum and make a serious run at creating something truly profound and/or beautiful. Or more importantly, creating something that you are satisfied with or even love.
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