Watercolour on 300gsm paper
Another Inspiration session for the depleted spirit
As all creatives and most people no doubt the same have times where we lose the bite of motivation.
Perhaps work becomes so tedious that either the duvet or other distractions start to eat into the art practice. The truth is that this struggle is inherent in the whole process of life.
It is just now that I can say that the time has come where I am taking on this battle. Partly because my age dictates to me that it is now or never. So inspiration and also reflection is one way that we can develop a strong and resilient approach to these negative and perfectly natural resistances. Let us have a look at some famous quotes from Artists that can help us consider and reflect and motivate.
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon
Maybe we enter into an understanding of these quotes through our response to the artists work. Bacon was not afraid to take things to a challenging level. On a wider level, the idea of mystery and creating art is a fascinating one. How do we measure mystery?
On a personal level mystery for me is simply being able to paint an object when I start really not thinking that I will be able to. I recognise now that this is part of the process and an important one.
By creating something that perhaps you feel is beyond your capacity is an indicator of your relationship to your understanding of your own potential. For me challenge away and then I can expand my life in general. When you engage in creating new things and persist in this journey then it becomes a way to see difficulties and obstacles as a gift of growth rather than a hindrance.
“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” Alberto Giacometti
Giacometti again is quoting true to the nature of his work of course. This quote flows equally out like a river into a wide community of understanding. Following on from the idea of mystery it is of course so incredible to interpret what is in front of us and then translate this into an object that cannot be the same as the object we are representing. Quite clearly in some cases.
Simply put everything has an atmosphere partly depending on the relationship of the viewer and the situation and partly an atmosphere of its own. That is pretty intense on its own as a thought. It is hardly any wonder that we can at times find the continuance of an art practice so exhausting. I do feel though that this same exhaustion is manifest when endeavouring to do anything that is essentially taking effort.
So the object of art or reason is not to clone but create.? Something to ponder??
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” Marc Chagall
The amazing Marc Chagall was a high-performance artist who made incredible work across many different media and had a long life. Maybe there is a connection there? A fantastic and profound insight into how to work and break through barriers. I certainly resonate with the create from the heart and not the head.
This is the joy of Art a business. Expanding the heart of mind and its capacity is the key to transformation and why I advocate creative activity to develop long term physical and mental wellness
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo
Perfect for the path of building a sustainable and meaningful arts practice. Michelangelo points to reasoning echoed by many masters in every field. Hard work for fulfilling your mission is different than slaving over a hot stove. Unless you are a chef??
What I mean is it is possible to work really hard at what is not necessarily what you perceive to be your mission. The ability to persist and become resilient is an important factor that can be employed in making progress in the making of business in art.
So there we have today’s thoughts I do hope you find it interesting and that it may trigger your own thoughts about your process and dreams
I will be looking at more quotes on a regular basis
If you have any you would like to share and discuss please add to the comments below. Thank you so much for reading