I've always liked this quote from Henri Matisse. It is a simple, bold statement that few can argue with. In the last six months, I've been learning the true meaning of this statement (or at least how it applies to my life).
There is a big step between someone who makes art and an artist, and there is a bigger step between an artist who makes work for himself and an artist who actually puts his artwork out in the world for all to see. In the past six months, I have been doing exactly that, and it makes me nervous.
When no one can see my work, it is only I who can see the flaws. To look at it critically, appreciate the good parts of the piece, chalk it up as a "learning process" and file it away for very few (if any) to see. Yes, I've had a website for years, but it was like any other young artist's portfolio; the best of what little I had, and held on to for dear life. Sadly, I'm not a young artist any longer, and the old work is stale.
So, the website was updated, newer work was posted (and still is) and my Facebook page is open for all to see (students, parents of students, colleagues, strangers). It frightens me, but I keep posting regularly. I did a 30-Day Drawing Challenge and whether that day's drawing was good or bad, it was posted. And through this, I keep going back to Matisse's words. It takes courage to be an artist and not just a person who makes art. It does take courage to put your talents out into the world, and do it over and over again. It takes courage to believe in your talents, your drive, and your skill. So this is me, attempting to be courageous.
Runs with scissors but doesn't eat paste
I'm creating this blog to show works in progress, stages of development, and oddball stuff normally unseen in the portfolio.