The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision.
Tale the attention off yourself. And the outcome.
Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,”Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?”
If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.
The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes. We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are the things that make art such a treat to look at. […]
Giorgio Morandi Answer: “Great Art Sells” This from an art dealer that I met years ago. And although her words can be argued with, they’re hard to forget. While it’s impossible to define great art, I think she meant that artists typically sell their strongest work and that subject matter is secondary. Know it or not, art collectors respond to the intangibles such as the artist’s […]
Pablo Picasso Artists can get way too serious. Though I don’t always practice what I preach, I’m always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,”People; It’s just a painting! You’re not on trial.” If that doesn’t work then I’ll belt out a bit of opera in my flat voice just to make them laugh. Richard Serra, arguably one of the most serious artists […]