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!!