“I paint as I feel like painting…An artist has to be spontaneous.” Edouard Manet
We have been discussing getting into our right brain so we can allow our creative spirit to flow. I read a quote this past week from Victor Frankl’s, “Mans Search for Meaning”. “Don’t aim at success…the more you aim at it and make it the target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself”.
I think that really sums up what I have been trying to say about your pursuit in art. If we constantly worry about the outcome and whether we are going to meet someone else’s expectations, we lose our ability to get in touch with our inner creative flow, which allows us to express our uniqueness. Like our signature is unique to each of us, so should our art be.
As members of a society we are obligated to conform on many levels. Rules are import for humans to survive as a society and within a community. When we are young, or starting out on a new venture, and don’t know something, we follow others to learn. We conform to that which is expected. When we start out on our creative journey: we look, see, admire, and try and emulate those we aspire to be like. However, as we become more proficient in our techniques, and find the “niche” which is ours, whether it is: drawing, painting, realism, abstraction, oil, acrylic, or watercolor, we need to let our uniqueness show in our work. We need to pick through the smorgasbord of mediums and techniques to find what works best for us, at that point and time in our artistic pursuit. Dare to be the unique person that you are. Show your unique perspective!
“What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality. I am seeking for the bridge which leads from the visible to the invisible…My aim is to get hold of the majic of reality and transfer this reality into paint.” Max Beckmann