Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What Should I Paint next?

The Green Door_Digital Photography
© Joyita Neerkaje
"For the artist, the issue of acceptance begins as one simple, haunting question: When your work is counted, will it be counted as Art?" - from the book Art & Fear.

Nothing kills the creative spirit more than asking yourself "What can I paint that people will buy?" It's almost like pretending to be someone you are not, or wear a mask every time you step out because people might not like how you look. Not that there is anything wrong with painting to please others... But my personal problem is making peace with something I created, but do not relate to.

The thing about seeking acceptance/ approval is that its a power held by others. Whether they be friends, potential buyers or curators at galleries. Do I really want to give that much power to someone I don't even know very well? People who will approach my work with their individual biases no matter what.

So I decide to have complete control, all the power, follow my heart and create honest art, risk exposing my deepest self. I am sure there will be a few passers by who will stop, notice and respond to my view of the world if I am persistent enough.
My only fear, I might not be around to experience it.

And it all comes back to the very same question once again "What do I paint Next?"


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