I loved seeing your work last week! Thank you for sharing it with me. But can I ask you are serious question? What is your true passion? And with this passion what message are you sharing?
Art can rival human touch when it comes to powerful nonverbal communication. It is a tool that can wield a mighty blow or can soften a cement heart. Is your work telling a story or is it just a personal statement? Either is fine, really, but you need to start understanding what is happening when others view your work.
In the last letter we touched on Jonah Berger’s book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Were you able to read it? He states that, “Emotions drive people to action.” How are you moving people?
Earlier artists had it easy, or so it seems. New was not hard back in the 1900’s, but what gets people to pay attention to your work today? For me it was being myself and expressing my views. Have you been able to make work that comes from a deeper element within yourself? Paint by number feels like paint by number. Artwork that is guided by spirit brings a different kind of element to the equation.
To strengthen your emotional art outpouring I would suggest reading Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path for Higher Creativity. If you have already used this book and want a different option try a technique that often helps me. Get a piece of paper and ask yourself a question by writing it down with your right hand. Pass the pencil to your left hand and then answer your question. Before you begin accept that you will be able to connect with spirit and will get higher-level communication with this activity. Picture white light and peace around you as you delve into this session for artist growth. Let me know the most important outcome from being able to ask your inner self for guidance.
I’ve found that the more I create the more I find out what I am trying to say. Creating daily should be like drinking water, something that you do to quench your thirst. Each art creation has a feeling that connects to me, but I don’t always understand how to stop the conversation and finish the piece. Only when a feeling of completion comes do I know that I am done. How do you know that your work is complete?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you and will share some of your insight with other artists that might be able to learn from your experiences. There is not one way to be an artist. Many greats followed different paths and I am sure that your journey is designed perfectly for you. Enjoy it and creation can sustain a sense of peace that is hard to find in today’s world.
With love and passion for creation,