Art, more than painting

Lets face it, if you don’t have that certain spark within you, that driving force that made you pick up that pencil, then you are basically wasting your energy, time and money. As for this so called “spark?” Trust me, you will know when it is there.

If I was not in a particular mood to paint, then I didn’t. But, if I wanted to get into a mood then I would simply change my surroundings or place a music CD in the player, music that would enable me to capture the essence, one that would promote a spark… and now we’re drawing, et viola.

How you get there is up to you. Maintaining that feeling, controlling the emotion that flows from your brain, down your arm onto the canvas and into your eye, is one of the hardest things to master.

Writing a book, for instance, is like watching a film in your head and then writing what you see. The first edit is where you get to realize that you did something remarkable, even if it does resemble and out-of-control train hurtling down a track.

You need to do this in order to make mistakes and then discover ways to correct them. Some mistakes are plainly obvious. Others can only be seen by you.

Sculpting is probably one such area where mistakes can be costly, especially if you are working with marble. This is one medium that can fracture and break without warning. Having a woman’s boob suddenly drop to the floor and roll away because you tapped a little too hard, is usually followed by an expletive such as “Oh Crap!” But the damage is done, there is no going back in time to make the thing right.

Art can be whatever you want to make it. If the viewing public think that your work is crap, and it sells, then make more of this so-called crappy artwork. Crap sells, trust me. I’ve seen a lot of crap sell for millions.

The truth is, and this is quite important, you have to decide what it is that you want to paint, artistically, and then stick to it. Make a name for yourself by doing just that. If you excel at painting whatever is your forte, then make sure that it is your best. This is why so-called art experts tell their audience “this piece is typical of [insert your name.] It’s good, but it is not one of their better pieces. That, to some is like getting an 8/10 Could do better, from your teacher.

No one can be 100% all of the time. I have seen adults cry simply because I fed an artwork through a commercial shredder simply because, in my opinion, it was not good enough. I could do better, despite the continued rants.

Once you realize that you can, and will do better next time, means that you are learning from the experience of getting it wrong, and that is what art is all about. Mistakes can be costly, they can also be quite lucrative. But first, you need to prove yourself.

If you want to know more, this will show you.

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