“The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars” -from ‘Art & Fear,’ pg. 5
This is soooo true. I have made a half dozen really awesome pieces of art. I have also created a rather large quantity of art that is a) well made b) more or less what I was intending/hoping for and c) is sitting around my house or yard reminding me that I still have a long ways to go. And yeah, there is some real junk that I haven’t got around to throwing away (full disclosure).
Aye Matey, but buried in this observation is one of an artist’s most pernicious fears: that you will never get to another instance of that small fraction of art that is truly awesome. It can consume you while you create. Anything here sound familiar?
- “This isn’t working.”
- “Why did I use dark yellow?”
- “I can’t believe I did that.”
- “I suck as an artist.”
- “I should go back to my day job.”
Fear is counting on your ego to get you to quit: Don’t. Push through, it is a part of the process. The learning process. The Becoming an Artist process. It’s OK to paint over it, tear apart and start over … even, GULP, throw it out.