I can't think of a time when being authentic was a negative. I'm aware everyone is different in how they try to get their view across. But sometimes you just need someone to tell it to you straight with no frills. Nothing to hide. No fancy words. No looking around for the right reactions. Just telling you what they are really thinking and expressing a genuine concern/idea/belief of any sort.
Do you have doubts? Tell me. I want to hear about them.
Do you have fears? What are they?
How did they become a fear in your life versus just something you tried to avoid until you were faced with it.
Today, I met with two brothers, who are seemingly a dynamic duo. One brother is the painter. The other is the graphic designer. Together, they create beautiful works of art that are so much more than just pretty paintings. They tell a story. So much of their creative process is put onto a surface in a visual way. They have design elements mixed in with fine art and all the technical skills any painter covets. Their works are almost like a visual memory, as if someone were to peer into your mind while remembering a significant place or person or thing. They accentuate the important details (of their interpretations) that they find important and leave the viewer to finish the rest. I highly recommend giving them a follow on fb/IG and visiting their space in Ludlow, KY (jeffandjohnwinklestudio). http://www.jeffandjohnwinklestudio.com/prints-1
Something I have been learning (especially recently) is that every artist has a very unique career. There is no formula. There is no exact recipe to success. You just have to hone in on what you are actually wanting to make and who you want to host your works. Its not necessarily something you learn in art school. Every professor I had knew how to make a successfully crafted work of art, but I cant remember a single professor teaching me the business side of things. I'm not hear to place blame on anyone, but what is wrong with this picture? The art world should not be this giant mystery that no one really knows how its going to work. I have felt that way one hundred times over after finishing my degree. I knew I had a skill, and I knew people responded to my skill. But then what?
Jeff and John seemed to share this same frustration. How can we make it out here when it seems like so many people out there in present time are just barely furnishing their home without going into overwhelming debt in the process. So how can I keep making these works of art that are a "luxury?"
I have been processing so many different marketing ideas and themes for upcoming shows, but at the end of the day it keeps me wondering how am I going to do this long term? Is it even possible?
I know it is. It has to be. Sometimes I feel like it is all that I have that is still completely myself without the corruption of the world around me.
One thing I DO know for sure, is that it is so much better with other people. I've spent too many hours in my "zone" to know that its not healthy to stay there. I have to let people in, even when what I need to vent about might not make the most sense. I need people in my life who share similar fears and obstacles. I'm better with it. I have allies. I need to treasure them and learn from them in every way that I can. Sure, I will filter out what applies to me and what doesn't, but at least I will be sure I am not in this thing alone.
So thanks, Jeff and John for igniting a little more fuel to my fire.
"Where do you find inspiration for your work?"