Thursday, April 08, 2010

Creativity and Mistakes

Field with Daffodils, 6x8, acrylic, Jan Blencowe
copyright 2010

This is just too good not to share, especially in light of our recent discussion about sharing all you work, not just your "best" pieces..... please watch this video

I found this video over at a new blog Middle Aged Crazy a place for all of us middle aged creatives following our passion.


Cindy Haase said...

Great Post Jan! I put a link to it on my blog. Eric's message was exceptionally personal to me this week as I was didn't turn out as hoped and I was convinced I shouldn't be an artist.

What our mind does to our hearts!!!

Jan Blencowe said...

Oh Cindy what our minds do to our hearts indeed! So very, very true.

We are sensitive creatures, we artists. And we are subject to evaluation, critique, criticism and reactions of various kinds from our own inner ciritc as well as those around us.

No wonder we are paralyzed with fear and plummet into a funk when our work goes bad.

I really found Eric's video powerful, a reminder and permission to take risks, mess up, follow the wrong path for a while and not to demand perfection every time I pick up a brush.

Much better to take a "let's see what happens" attitude.

Hard though, when I feel like I'm wasting supplies and time....

It's definitley a "mind game".

Jamie said...

I agree with him that we cannot expect 100% of our work to be "great", or even worthy of sharing! I think there is no reason for us to feel that everything we do is worth showing to others. There is value in maintaining standards and continuing to work through the bad paintings in order to do the good ones. In any profession, it's best to put our best foot forward. I believe that includes the arts as well.

Jan Blencowe said...

Best foot forward! Yes, I think that's always a good thing.

Some "disasters" or failed experiments may be worth showing with fellow artists or students because they provide a "teachable moment" BUT for our professional face to the world of collectors, galleries etc. I think we should show our best an no less.

For me this means some weeding out on my website, and on some old archived blog posts.

Time is also an interesting factor in this. What I might have thought was a great paintiing 3 years ago may fall woefully short compared to more recent work, so re-evaluating every once in a while is a good thing too.

We are the ones in charge of our careers so I think it's really worth thinking about these things.

Angie said...

A great reminder for us all. Thanks for posting this!