Becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes it distinctive. The best you can do at any moment is the best you can do at that moment. Your job is to learn to work on your work. You learn how to make your work by making your work. –Make art you care about, and lots of it. The function of most of your work is to teach you how to make that small fraction of artwork that soars. When the artist becomes a form of identity, when the artist is identified with self, then flawed art means a flawed self, or no art means no self. When the pain of working is less than the pain of not working you get down to the work! Those who continue are those who have learned how to continue, or not to quit. Artists quit when they lose the destination for their work for the place where their work belongs. Fears (like I‘m no good, I‘ve nothing worth saying, or no one likes my work) have less to do with art than with the artist or individual artworks. What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue; those who don‘t, quit. Fears arise when you look back, and when you look ahead. The artwork that seems so profoundly right in its finished state may earlier have been only inches or seconds from total collapse. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-persuasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding. You make good work by among other things, making lots of work that isn‘t very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren‘t good, the parts that aren‘t yours. Decisive works of art participate directly in the fabric of history surrounding their maker. New ideas come into play far less frequently than practical ideas, which can be used for a thousand variations. Veteran artists have engaged the issues that matter to them they‘ve learned how to get on with their work. Artists learn how to proceed, or they don‘t. The individual recipe any artist finds for proceeding belongs to that artist alone.
Art is hard because you have to keep at it so consistently.
Excerpt from, Art & Fear: Observations on the perils (& rewards) of art making by David Bayles & Ted Orland Art and Fear is a non-fiction book written by artists for artists. The point of the book is to help the young and/or struggling artist survive in the art world and to conquer the various difficulties, obstacles and fears that the developing artist faces.
In other news… I received word the other day and WOO HOO I was accepted for a voluntary position with the Foxes of Súðavík!
I will be working with arctic fox pups! 🙂 Really looking forward to this opportunity, sketching, experiencing and helping out. Here’s an image my friend Kim Nobuoka took when she visited the centre a couple years back.
More work on the Heart Geodes… still mourning the departure of DB. Which is definitely informing this body of work. Hell if I really want to be honest, my heart was struck by the heavy realisation how much DB influenced the vast majority of all of my work throughout the years. Ok Meanwhile, :’) here’s some eye-candy amazing glass. Lead crystal. Rose sapphire.. 3 colour shift glass! Rose to a subtle sapphire blue to a crazy insane green. All dependant on the light. Isn’t it always about the light?
tricky to pick up the blue in the bottom image- which is the Rose-sapphire glass.
Lastly- here is a small ‘gif’ I uploaded to Instagram the other day. This is the 1st wax Heart Geode- I added a filter to ‘posterize’ the look. Riffing off the concept of artist as serial killer 😉 That line goes out to someone in particular (if you are reading this, you know who you are!) Maybe this is a sci-fi/cli-fi murder mystery in the making? Who knows! 😉
Oh Hey! Also, I am participating in this Instagram Toronto Etsy Street Team thing. #webetest Check it out if you are on instagram @nanopodstudio 🙂