Maybe some of you find that I write too much and draw too little. It’s only fair that you should think so, as sometimes I do too. But I have discovered that “journaling” is the best way for me to calm my “débutante” fear of pencil and paper. I find it natural to mix writing and drawing, since I think that images spring when words reach their boundaries. I take my own sweet time and I really enjoy the ride!
So, please, bear with me…
I am following a line of thought that started in one conversation on the OCA forum. It’s about showing versus showing off one’s artistic creations.
I had to admit that each and every artist must have a little grain of vanity and feel the need to be praised, including myself. I don’t know how Art Schools used to teach during the second half of the last century and which were the trends. But every Art Book that I have browsed or read during the last years, since I became more and more convinced that I should pursue Drawing to a professional level, tought artists to display as much as possible, to not hesitate using social media and to steadily work towards building a solid portofolio.
Nevertheless, I have met talented artists that found to be demeaning exposing their work on some kind of the nowadays social media. I have heard their convictions that only art galleries are worthy of their work. Needless to say that those persons are not fulfilled artists and that they are always critical and bitter towards creations published and advertised on social media, pretending that it is cheap work.
I find it terribly sad since it’s a waste of valuable talent and of human spirituality. Times have changed, superfluous pride is counterproductive and I find that artists should first learn to mingle before standing out in their own personal style. I find that the capacity to adapt is one of the keys of an artist’s long term survival. Speaking in terms of fashion, falling into the myth of the poor and misunderstood Artist is no longer fashionable. 🙂
My question is: how do you show without showing off? Or do we actually have to show off?
This is one of the reasons that make me avoid using Facebook. I’ve been off Facebook for more than a year. I was getting tired of the imbued with themselves personalities of a majority of users, with their relentless preoccupation for their image or projection into other people’s minds. For me Facebook became a synonym to showing off and to competition.
I do not believe in the principles of competition in Art. We are not equal in a sense where we are complementary pieces into a bigger spiritual puzzle. Each and every one’s input is valuable, since it shows another side of the die and completes the larger picture… And then there is always something more to learn or to improve, humility being a step forward to progress.
(I’m doing my own illustrations even though they do not amount to much right now…)
When I was very young, 6 to 8 years old, contrary to nowadays, I have never concerned myself with not being gifted or not being able to draw. I was just going with the flow, drawing and colouring, never getting tired of it. I was stretching my imagination and the results were always good and promising. I was actually feeling and enjoying unhindered progress. The walls of my room were practically wallpapered with my creations and I enjoyed looking at them every day :). What a feeling!
One amazing souvenir is my box of Mr. Sketch coloured markers. They were brought by a friend of our family from Canada and since they were nowhere to find in Romania at that time, they were extremely special to me. I remember my amazement when I received the box since the markers were strongly fruit scented and the scent was lingering on the paper a very long time after the drawing was finished. This was the scent of a wonderful and creatively rich era, this is the scent of my Childhood.
Then I grew up and the colours have sadfully dried…
I recently bought a box of Mr. Sketch in rememberence of the old one and of the happy times that I have so much enjoyed. Still, the new ones will never be as shiny or as beautifully perfumed as the ones in my memory…
Let me introduce them to you:
When and how did you know that you needed to draw?
More than depicting objects, landscapes or persons in real life, I am interested in senses and perception. I am interested in translating my dreams, my emotions and feelings, the result of my senses and generally my most wild imaginary into colour and drawings. I am also interested in exploring other students individual work and hearing their insights, since I know that perception is something very “personal” and I am always surprised and amazed at its variability from person to person.
So, please, do feel free to dialogue with me or to simply share your insights on my blog. In my daily life I roam into a world of “terre-à-terre” individuals, whom I find very hard to even mention this kind of questioning to. Therefore I am happy to be able to share this with a whole community of art inclined people.
A question to ponder upon: how would you translate into visual art The Sound, The Taste, The Smell or The Touch?