“A childhood friend messaged, ‘How’s your creative process doing at this time?’ I replied that I hadn’t heard a single complaint from an artist about self-isolation, myself included.
What I’d noticed instead were artists experiencing a collective, organic re-assessment of what their work means and their art’s purpose. I’d been reading about a guru who’d suggested that whoever we were before the pandemic would only be magnified during self-isolation.
I thought perhaps the same could be said for our work, or maybe the crisis would instead crack open a global, creative breakthrough. In art, these breakthroughs can be total reinvention or a leap from the springboards we’ve been building.” Read the rest of the article from Painter’s Keys.
Visual artists, by nature, are inclined to be somewhat solitary. We spend lots of time just staring quietly at things and painting itself requires contemplation and concentration. Trying to plan a good composition, mixing your colours, deciding on which brushes best suit your purpose and then the feel of putting the paint on the paper or canvas……bliss! And then sometimes the frustration, and then trying to deal with why it may not be going quite as you’d planned. And then that moment when the piece almost starts painting itself and the surprise and delight as it begins to emerge. Time and the rest of the world just “goes away” when one is so focused. And then you look up and hours and hours have passed. No wonder we are not easily bored!
Excellent article! This is a good opportunity to experiment and expand and not be too concerned about trying to paint something “saleable”. As artists we are fortunate to be able to lose ourselves in what we do.
Agnes de Mille said:
“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap into the dark.”
Thanks for this, food for thought, Brenda