“In large measure, becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive” -from “Art & Fear”
I make … this stuff. The world doesnt know I exist, cant seem to sell much. Do I suck? If I ‘accept myself’ in a self-help kinda way, in a Buddhist way, will people like my art? Will they like me? Why do I get the feeling my ego is asking these questions?
For me, accepting myself is trusting the muse. Often times, I’m compelled to make certain things. Comes out of seemingly nowhere or, I churn it over in my head for quite a while. But it does help with making the work more personal. There’s a thousand influences swirling around inside and the muse distills them down to ‘make this now.’ Over time, my work has become distinctive. I wouldn’t say I have a definitive brand just yet but I’m getting there.
“Work in Progress” has multiple meanings for an artist. As my work evolves, it’s really me that is the ‘work in progress.’