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“We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.” – POGO
First – Perfection. I continually thank people for accepting my humanity, my imperfections. I make mistakes all the time. As a dad, ask my daughter… I make mistakes constantly. As an artist… oh boy… my images are full of resolved mistakes (and some not resolved). Take note of fellow students comments regarding the flaws in your current work, that they are the seeds for the next work. Think about the critiques we have and how the mistakes you saw in your work or the mistakes your classmates saw in the drawings became the lessons learned in the work you have completed (or are working on) since. These imperfections are “valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgemental guides” are are what help make your art… well… your art.
Next – Annihilation. So here is where I am when it comes to my self-annihilation as an artist, as a human being. Over the past number of years I have produced about 1000 artworks. I created at least one a day, every day, for 2 years (a few years ago). I created a habit that led to a state of self-annihilation. I paused the making of art. Fortunately, I realize now that it was just a pause. While I do have major works that are still waiting be be completed, my smaller minor works have come back as very important and necessary. Students – you are lucky to have 47 minutes, every day of the week, to make art. I dream of the day that I can, once again, lock myself away to the 47 minutes (half hour… whatever) of getting into the art making mode.
What are your thoughts to these two sections. Are you looking at the problems of perfectionism or are you all too concerned about not making art and not being an artist – annihilation? Lets hear what you have to say – FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS – I enjoy the conversations.