Inspire and reflect
So to the weekly look at some inspiring quotes. We all need to recharge and inspire the source that resides in our sometimes tired hearts. So I have picked a few famous observations from amazing artists.
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh
I am seeking is an action to take. Seeking can mean to find a way forward. This doesn’t necessarily manifest as a glamorous act. Seeking a way to get something simple done can be as a monumental task.
Seeking could be something to strive for in itself. When we have that exhausted feeling it can be just getting out of the door. For an artist scratching something onto a substrate, or just making a start a decision. The more progress you start to make the more resistance you can feel.
Striving and seeking together with all our heart. So is our heart our true mind? The whole being concentrating on striving and seeking.
I find the following quote linked to the mindset of striving and seeking.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol
Amazing observation and my first interpretation is again is linked to mindset.
“They always Say… makes me think of responsibility and whether I take it or not. When I do, the second part of the quote comes into play.
A profound concept the one of change in relation to creating a new something. The question has existed or not is one thing. Is it about doing and taking responsibility?
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol
I really love this quote from Andy Warhol. It is such sound advice. I have started sharing my process with a few students and it is so common for anyone new to creating to self-sabotage. What I mean by this is that it is so easy to immediately denigrate your own creations.
This may well be down to the wiring in our brains that goes back to our childhood. Making art, after all, invites a response and everyone relates differently. Also, we are changing all the time. I notice that one day I can be painting and feel very happy about my work with my situations seeming bright and hope-filled. This can change in an instant, sometimes for no apparent reason.
I have a selection of work on display in my studio. I prefer to have well-tested pieces on the wall. While I am painting I can recognise when it is time to have a break especially if the pieces on display start to look unsatisfactory.
If that happens to me it may well happen to everybody. As a young man, the same thing would happen when I listened to different music. I would have periods of time where I just no longer play a particular record and then years later when listening again I would fall back in love with it.
As human beings, we change our ideas all the time and our response to what we see changes repeatedly. As an artist it is the doing where the practice lies not in the thinking of doing or waiting for approval.
I will look at just one more today.
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
Following on from the previous thoughts procrastination could be attached to the fear of imperfection. I find this comes up when creating this content for example. Do I put it out there or spend ages making absolutely sure I am putting everything I want to into it.
The advantage of setting yourself a target to produce articles or do videos is that you can see progress by taking action. If we wait for a brilliant video we could be editing for a very long time.
What does happen and is really encouraging is that generally whatever we do on a consistent basis just improves all the time. Especially if it has a long time goal and target attached to the doing of it
Thank you for looking-Patrick