There are two types of artist:
What this second group has forgotten is the fact that Art is everywhere, Art is in the eye of the beholder, anyone can create and be creative without a formal education, and that the artist first and foremost creates for him or herself. In college I took an Art Appreciation class; I loved this class not only because I got to see some beautiful artwork, but mostly because the class focused on "What is Art?". It was because of this class and my professor that I got to appreciate art in every form and that anything can be art as long as the person creating the artwork is communicating with his/her audience through the artwork.
So to all the people that would love to get back to creating or are creating in secret out of fear of others opinions; come out and create. Let your feelings shine in your artwork. And know that there are many artists out there eager to help, teach and promote your work. This is the group that has professionals and non professional, beginners and experts. The kind of artist that don't care where they show their work or who is buying their work; as long as they are creating and reaching their audiences' hearts and minds. And Yes we do have our own ship everyone is welcome.
I would like to leave you with some great inspiring quotes to get you started on your creative journey and leave your fears behind:
"The artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling. If you don't believe me, ask Van Gogh, who produced masterpiece after masterpiece and never found a buyer in his whole life - Steven Pressfield"
"If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced - Van Gogh"
"Art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way as a bad emotion is still an emotion - Marcel Duchamp"
"A great work of art is an expression of personal creativity. The source of creativity is what makes the quality of a work of art miraculous - Dürer"
And from one of my favorite art magazines Catapult Art ... "Let Us Shine Together:"
So I am a big time hugger ... I love receiving hugs as well as giving hugs; I even put xoxo in most of my emails, text, posts, etc. The other day I noticed that something so seemingly simple takes up so much thought process. You ask WHY? Well I noticed that in my interactions with people, in person or online, I often hesitate from giving hugs because I wonder if it is appropriate, is the other person going to read to much into it, or is it going to be just taken as an exchange of pure love. To give you an example a Middle Eastern male that I have never met posted a wonderful comment on one of my art postings on Facebook; and I make the distinction between Middle Eastern Men and others since it seems I have a "belief" that they tend to read to much more into a hug than other males. So when responding to his comment I ended it with a xoxo, but before posting it, at first I removed the xoxo thinking that it might seem inappropriate; after several seconds of going back and forth I just put ooo.
Just a very simple example of how our mind and beliefs keep us from doing things that really make us feel good and happy, because of our prejudices, judgements, habits, etc. In this hug situation I used to put the focus on the other people rather than on myself and what truly would make me happy. Needless to say I put xoxo whenever I want to and I give hugs to strangers. I am like this guy in the video below, that probably if most of you saw would think he is a freak :) Moral of the story, do what makes you happy, share the love, let go of beliefs that don't serve you, and stop the mind chatter. And if you see me with a sign "Free Hugs" come and give me a BIG HUG. In the meantime Keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
Today I had an interesting experience while I was running. I am getting ready for my second half marathon. It was such a beautiful day today and I decided to go for a long run; a quarter marathon. After the initial start it was so interesting to see a conflict between my mental state and physical state. Physically my body was saying "no problem, we got this, piece of cake, we can either keep the same time as last time or maybe even beat it" but then mentally my mind was saying "are you out of your mind, you can barely make this run, we cant' do it, we are tired, lets just walk, there is no way you are ready, ..." And then there is ME just running. When I would get my mind busy on something other than running and then watch my running, it would seem as if I could run even a marathon at a fantastic pace. When I would allow the mind to start its chatter about running, then it would seem that I was tired and could not breath. Needless to say that I did have a fantastic run, and actually the last mile I had my fastest time (8'13" min/mile). Moral of the story, the mind will trick you, put fear in your, make you doubt, .... but you can have some fun with it by just watching it like a tantruming child; it is best not to engage with it. And just like the tantruming child it is going to get tired of kicking and screaming at some point, slowly it will quite down, and the tantrums will be less sever each time. In the meantime Keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
I was trying to see a good way to start my first blog post and the famous Captain's Log entry at the beginning of Star Trek came to mind, and now you know I am a geek as well :) I finally finished the website and therefore can start blogging. My idea for these posts are some what like the Arsenio Hall Show where he would say "Things that make you go hhhhmmmmm" , but more geared to my experiences, thoughts, ideas, etc. I am going to keep them short since I know most people have short attention span, including myself ;) Looking forward to your feedback and comments. In the meantime Keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
Artist thoughts on life, love, happiness and spirituality.