A good practice to get the grey matter investigating your heart and where it sits in relation to your work and consequently the why are you doing it the question is to look at what great artist minds have commented on themselves.
I have picked 5 quotes today and will respond to them as I see them today. Naturally, each day can have a different angle to the observation. We do this in our work as well maybe ???
Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Louise Bourgeois
Brilliant observation and extremely pertinent for me at the moment. I really am becoming more convinced that by investigating our own life story or stories we are bound to uncover how it is that we make our work. Our stories are like the sketches or preparation that we carry out when we make a piece of work.
In my process making a portrait, for example, I will work from the middle of the canvas and then look at the relationship between the parts of the face and the central part of the canvas. I liken these relationships to the stories in my life that are linked to my emotions. They are like snapshots of my current condition or situation.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. Jackson Pollock
So self-discovery is all part of our art practice. It is not really important where we are with our work. I mean how much we have done if any. The interesting point is what do we feel when we paint or when we look at our work later on. This can be a great indication of the way that we feel and think deeply about ourselves. This is why I am gathering increasing evidence in my own situation of not only discovery but improvement in the quality of the whole of my life.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams
Very inspiring to recognise that what is a mistake. It could be a discovery. We learn from our mistakes. Well maybe sometimes this is a long process!!!!! This quote helps me to do things. As I am a late starter in the painting game doing is the best way for me to develop. I have now realised that actually, it was the lack of doing that has held me back from developing my creative abilities. So making mistakes actually necessitates doing something doesn’t it?
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. Vincent van Gogh
Flow state has become a buzz word lately and I feel this is what Van Gogh is talking about. The preparation period in the creative process is so important. For me, this is not necessarily a controlled formula. It might be that works well for many people. Sometimes painting when I feel like not painting is part of the preparation process. Those feeling are all part of the overall me that we have looked at earlier. I certainly have not to desire to exclude anything. When we are fortunate enough to be close to one of Van Goghs’ paintings we certainly can understand what he means. So high-spirited may just mean up and running. Not just feeling really positive but actually running with some energy whatever the feelings. This is reflected in being narrow-minded and all too prudent.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. Edgar Degas
The zone that I discussed with the great sculptor John Cormican in a previous video is what I think of. I am sure you have all experienced this place where you become so absorbed in your creative activity that all time and space seems to operate in a different way. As John commented in the interview this is a wonderful and beautiful place to be.
There we are with a few more reflections. I am finding that picking a few quotes from the many and then pondering them is really inspiring and is helping me formulate a deeper understanding of my art practice.
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