Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's Up with Those "Artsy Types"

Sometimes I look at myself and go "ugh, I'm such an artist." Translation: I see those icky "artsy-type" stereotypes in myself. 

I do what I'm most excited about at that very moment... some may call it procrastination. I have half a dozen beautiful started paintings... some may say I don't like to finish things. I believe firmly in creativity being a marketable skill... though I blush when I talk about my work. I assume people understand what I mean through few words... some may call me aloof

You want to know what's really odd? It's that I know all this. And nonetheless, here I am! 

My defense? As a creative, I must constantly bounce between these two: reading what clients deem as beautiful, "what would you like?" and following my gut, "I'm the professional here, so forget what they want!" One is humble and aware that this person is paying me to make a hope in their heart tangible, the other stands confidently aware that this person came to me knowing I had something to offer. And everyone likes firm and gutsy art. {Timidity and insecurity look terrible on paper.} But nobody wants to work with the painter in the basement that needs a constant cheerleader.

And so, we artisans are somewhat bipolar. Sorry.

Also, I think we're keenly aware that everything is an experiment. We look at past work and shudder. I use old artwork as floor protectors; the floor has become more valuable to me! Even VanGogh and Picasso painted gesso over old paintings they grew to hate to make new canvases. 

We're uber excited about what we're working on now. {enter: contrast} We're constantly growing. 

Like most everybody else, our very strengths are our weaknesses... or annyoances  But there's not a cure. (At least that I know of.) With age, I suppose, we learn to manage the two more gracefully. And we realize that the praise of others isn't a gauge on anything. Yet we still seek affirmation as we grow, "so I'm not totally spiraling into artistic failure?! Phew!"  

So have a little patience with those artsy types in your life. And artsy types, give yourself a little slack. Yes, you know what your clients need, and yes, you have no idea... but you're the starting point. Be open to criticism and be open to praise. Learn to listen; it's the best thing you can do for yourself as you grow in your creativity and dominion over your craft.

Be proud. Be humble. 

Tomorrow is the last "New Product Friday!" And it'll be handy a free download! See you then.

Keep painting,