The Real World of Art

I've learned a few things since entering the art world. Things that are faux pas to talk about; the hidden truths that stand in a world of creation.

In collaboration with Gabriel Olude, The Gabriel Collection.

In collaboration with Gabriel Olude, The Gabriel Collection.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” 

Auguste Rodin

The art world is a lot like high school...

There are clicks, and favorites within the art world(s), and if you as an artist are not in the "in group," good luck being recognized. It's hard on the heart when an artist puts their work on display for the world, and no one seems to care. Silence.

ALL artists want recognition. We shouldn't be creating art for others, BUT honestly, we do. Artists want other to see our works and to love them, or relate to them, or even outright hate them. We want people to feel our art in some form, or fashion. So, to be invisible is hard... H.A.R.D ...hard! Hurt.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” 

~Georgia O’Keeffe

Too compare, or not to compare.... 

I've read post, after post, about how we as artists are not suppose to compare our works with others. Reality says we artists are people who constantly compare our work with others questioning why her work is "better" than mine? Why was his work was featured, and mine was left at the bottom of the pile? We compare because it all circles back to wanting the world to feel our art. To tell an artist not to compare their work to others is not logical. I have a friend who labeled me as a cynic. My respone? I am not a cynic, I am a realist. Comparison is real, especially in the art world. Confused.

Creativity takes courage.” 

~Henri Matisse

Creating to create...

If these two things exist unequivocally in the art world, how to move past them must be the question. As an artist we all strive to master the comparison theif. Because, if you don't master it, then defeat will become your new creation. But, of we move past it we can experience a freedom like no other. FREEDOM!!

Life Thru the Lens 17:52... One Thing

A recent prompt for my online photography class was One Thing. I made you all guess what the theme was last week. I kind of figured you would all lean toward time. I actually almost put time on the photo because it fit so well. 

I'll admit, at first, I was pretty challenged by this prompt. First of all I had no clue what I wanted to shoot for that long, and second I had no idea how I would change each look up. I also felt like the photos should have some other common denominator, besides the watches, to tie them together... enter the yellow flower in a jar. 

I acquired these watches several years ago; they belonged to our grandfathers. They mean the world to us as we have very little left of our grandparents that are no longer with us. 

The purpose of the prompt was to shoot one thing over several days, or weeks, in different environments and light. I shot these photos in my front door on an overcast day in the morning, in my bedroom in the evening, and in the kitchen in late afternoon. 

This last shot is my favorite one. It is not a perfect shot. You can see where the backdrop is not over far enough, and the folds are not perfect. The flower is a little dark. But, this is the money shot for me. This shot screams interest and a little bit of a disheveled-ness that makes me want to know more about the story.  I have realized, this is the kind of photography I want to be producing every time I shoot something. I want the picture captured to evoke a response of longing to know more. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Texture TuesdayTexture Twist, and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Ack! You all are so awesome, our little community is growing so much. Can you feel my heart exploding with joy. I will be updating the Pinterest Board with all the features this week, so be sure to check over there. 

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.


~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

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