Jackie asked me some big questions in her comment on last post Making Art is Really Really Hard. I thought the questions warranted another post.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this further . I think this is an important subject. I agree that an artist communicates through their work But what you mean to communicate and what is actually perceived by the viewer is something unpredictable.
Absolutely. Saying that an artist needs to communicate is tricky because we are used to thinking that means logical word thinking. As if, as an artist, I come up with a concept that I want to tell you then I put it into visual language. This is not my experience. My inspiration comes to me in images or symbols. It has to do with feeling and is more like dreaming than thinking. It is as though I am sharing my dreaming.
In that sense, when someone looks at my painting their interpretation of how it feels or what it is 'saying' may be very different from mine. That is why I love to ask people about my paintings without telling them what I think it is about. Sometimes their interpretation has truth in it that I wasn't grasping.
I think an artists feelings only comes through the piece when they are inspired and immersed in the subject.
I would like to ask what your intention is when you create. I would love to hear your thoughts on your process as you decide on your piece .
Intention might not be a word that I would use with making my art. Again I find the word a little too thinking aligned. My process is more intuitive. I feel what is happening more than think about it. It is like I am dreaming it into being.
I do love your artwork .
Thank you. I am wondering if you are speaking about my art journaling or my work as a professional artist. They are different. The first is very process oriented, me just seeing what happens. The second is at my website.
Also what makes an artist a professional and who decided what is really art ? I think these are questions to ponder .
The first is a matter of commitment. I know that the actual term professional just means that you are paid for it, but I was trying to differentiate between an artist and someone being creative. It is popular now to say that everyone is an artist, but I find this ridicules. It is like saying everyone is a dancer or a singer. We can all dance, we can all sing and we are all able to be creative. But we have not all dedicated our lives to it.
Remember that alot of your master painters were not recognized as professional artists but yet they kept creating . What do you think motivated them ?
They were artists. I agree that it would be silly to say that being an artist has to do with recognition. Many many amazing artists are unrecognized and some who are not artists become famous.
I love having this kind of dialogue. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to think about these questions Jackie.