Be true to your “art and soul.”
Yesterday via Twitter, I stumbled across a still life painter’s blog, Louise B. Hafesh. Her most recent post is a list of 10 Tips for a Better (Painting) Life. The tip that spoke most to me was number 2:
Be true to YOUR ‘art and soul’. Encourage your inner vision; let your imagination soar and don’t concern yourself with what others may think of your work.
Words to live by, but often it is difficult to keep one’s true course when often the people closest to you think you have gone astray.
The art world teaches us to paint in a consistent recognizable style.
I often paint in two different styles. One is a fairly realistic style that I like because the work is easier to sell and generally more accepted, and the other work is where my heart lies. When I first began exploring abstract and expressionist painting, it was hard for me to comprehend myself. I am still not sure that I truly understand it on an intellectual level, but I thrive when exploring with my brush and I try to keep the voices, of the people who tell me that “the way that I used to paint is better,” quiet in my head.
A quote from Pablo Picasso comes to mind.
The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.