on making art, bravely

make brave art

Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don't think its fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.

-Ani Difranco

What is an artist?

An artist makes something. An artist then bravely shares their creation in hopes of moving, inspiring and affecting someone else.

The artist lives for movement, to move and be moved. And meaning trumps all.

The creation process....

is messy, obsessive, gritty, fluid, intoxicating, exhausting and lovely, all rolled into one big fat full experience.

My small confession....

I get depressed and down when I am not actively in the process of making art. This doesn't mean I must be constantly physically engaged in the process, because incubating a creation is a worthy stepping stone along the journey of making art, but I flounder in creating nothing.

In fact I would be as dramatic to say that...

when I don't make and share art, I die a little.

Sharing is an important part of the process. It creates connection. It illuminates.   

Us artists (yeah YOU + me) we are creatures built to create + share + connect and then jump back into the crazy making adventure, once again.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.  The medium doesn't matter.  The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.

-Seth Godin

The What If's

What if this creation falls flat? 

What if my art sucks? 

What if I am REALLY SEEN? 

What if the meaning is misinterpreted?

What if , what if, someone is truly MOVED by my art?

What if, what if, it *this* really hits the mark? 

What then? 

An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.  And an artists takes it personally.

-Seth Godin

The questioning is part of the deal. The resistance is par for the course. But we harness our wings and fly anyways.

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Invite me into your sphere.

I'll bring something of substance, every time!

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