Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Art & Fear

When making art, there are many aspects of a piece, one that is not talked about as much is fear. David Bayles and Ted Orland talk about the two main fears within art, fears about yourself, and fears about how others react to your work. It is important to keep an open mind and not get saddened by constructive criticism. Though it may seem like someone is judging your work, they are really trying to improve it. Another important lesson is to NOT DOUBT YOURSELF. Believing in your artistic skills is important, David Bayles and Ted Orland stress real artist know what they are doing. Art is a personal process that establishes many connections between one and their work. The analogy of chess is a very creative analogy. Like chess, art is a conscious process that takes many steps to finish, it also requires patience and foresight to get the results one strives for.

Though this may seem silly, I feel children's depictions have the clearest message. Similar to a writer an artist needs to showcase their personality.

The three quotes that stuck with me are: 

"Whatever you have us exactly what you need to produce your best work."

It is important to focus on yourself. You are only as good as you think you are, all the potential is within. It is important to remember this lesson, not only does it give the artist hope, but motivation to finish their piece. I remember sitting on the first week of senior studio watching people dive into the project while I felt lost and didn't know where to begin. I was afraid my art would not be up to the standard that my classmates have set. After reading this, I feel more confident in myself and my art.

Justin Thurber said, "There's no such thing as good art to bad art. There's only art-- and damn little of it!"

I found this quote refreshing. This goes along with the message to just produce and create and not worry about perfection. I was talking to Ms. Patel about trying new ideas and textures and she said the best way is to practice them on square and work with smaller scaled pieces. This will be crucial going forward and discovering who I am as an artist.

"The real question about acceptance is not whether your work will be viewed as art, but whether it will be viewed as your art."

We have an emotional connection to art. It's what draws us in to certain pieces. Everyone has a different flair to their work that makes it recognizable among others. As long as you stay true to yourself and believe in what your doing, the work will speak for itself and you.

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