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Immortal Artist is dedicated to exploring all aspects of experimental art and creating new and innovative techniques which other artists can use to strengthen their own work.
The blogs creator, experimental artist Grey Cross pursues and discusses art across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. They include painting, sculpting, body art, digital art, and photography. With an emphasis on teaching artists to utilize today's social networks to further their own art and reputations.
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Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Inescapable Truth of Art
Internal reality. Intentness on internal thoughts.
No matter how much we would like our work to be adored by everyone, it is an inescapable reality of the art world that every piece you create will only be embraced by a few. And in fact will be hated by an equal if not greater number of people.
This is merely a truth that art is completely and totally subjective. But those few who do embrace any given piece are your fans for life and the ones that are worth creating for.
So why am I laboring this point? Its because I see many artists that spend their careers trying to find that magic formula for the perfect piece of art. They waste their potential trying out different things that might sell to the public rather than focusing their effort inwardly. Once an artist escapes from this delusion that they can be another Da Vinci, the they can get down to business creating true masterpieces that come from deep within themselves.
"But I like my work to sell". Sure, we all do. Art that sits in an attic after I make it, is one of my biggest nightmares. Art should always be seen. But when you put all your focus into selling and little to none of the creative process itself, then your work is no better than a mass produced piece of art you find in a Walmart.
Time and again I hear from artists how they tried and tried to sell their work and when they finally gave up on trying to sell it and said to themselves "I'll just make art that makes me happy from now on." Well suddenly their work began selling.
Even worse are the artists who say "I'll never be a successful artist because my work doesn't sell, I give up". And they do. They put aside their skills and their paints and they move on to something else rather than realizing that if they just stopped forcing it, they might just find their work becomes very popular.
Now its easy to say this when you are a poor starving artist. Believe me, I've been there! And still am quite often. But being a poor artist can often be what makes you a master of your craft. It makes us lean and hungry and forces us to take chances we otherwise wouldn't. Have you ever noticed those artists who have plenty of money and can just do what they want? I think many of them lose their edge. It becomes a hobby rather than a career. Their work is good, but its missing an essential element that turns it into a masterpiece.
So striving for success is good. But when your whole focus is on the selling and not the creating, you lose yourself in the business of art and ultimately fail. When you shatter the illusion that you the worlds greatest gift to the art world and everything you make is covered in rainbows and fairy dust, then you can get down to the business of creating. When you stop trying to create for the masses and start creating for the one (you), then you may be surprised who suddenly finds your work irresistible.