The Advancing Artist: Make War Not Art
Creative endeavor is not a warm blanket, but a war! To settle in a place where all my expectations are met with ease is no longer being creative, it is only existing. Too many times art is seen as frivolity, a pastime, and one of relaxation and calm. If it is that, if it only soothes and never agitates, then I know I am dormant, frozen in the grip of contentment.
It isn’t easy being a good student. It requires great perseverance, patience, and hard work.” Barbara Nechis
“Rage” against the calm, cut your path through the thickets where briar and thorns cut, where you must exert yourself, over and over, against the unseen foe, towards the brawny intellect only experience bestows. Press ever forward, upward, around and back. Lay your pride at the threshold of “dreams come true”, and miracles.
…a lesson crucial to those who want…to tackle the upper reaches…; if you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” Malcolm Gladwell
Be ravenous! Growing as an artist requires that I not be a spectator, one watching the thick , black ooze of quiet effort drip from his uncallused hands, but a warrior, wielding saber on the field of battle, on the field of discovery.
“There are no shortcuts. One never knows when an ‘inspired’ painting will occur, but the more concentrated hard work is put in, the more likely the successes will be. A studio session is usually draining, exhausting and occasionally exhilarating. If it is relaxing, something is probably wrong; you are not thinking hard enough.” Barbara Nechis