I thought it was about time to write something on this - and yes, I think this marks the official move of this blog back to being an 'Art' blog. Watch for an update soon to the look of this blog - just as soon as I can get everything edited and uploaded.
|(c) Beth Cavener Stichter - followtheblackrabbit.com|
The writing of this post is spurred by my recent amazing news - I won the Bronze award in the Open category at this year's ISSA annual art show for 'A Dog Named DaVinci'! I am completely thrilled with this, for a couple of reasons; it's awesome to win and the prize money will go to very good use, but secondly (and perhaps more importantly) this is a huge vote of confidence for me at a time when I really needed one and intimately associated with the topic of this post.
I didn't write much about it at the time, but last winter I went through a major artist crisis. Since art isn't my primary job I think I downplayed it, even to myself, but seeing how much better I feel having it resolved (or at least on the road to resolution) I think that it was more important than I admitted at the time.
|(c) Lindee Climo - lindeeclimo.com|
Last fall I found myself finally getting settled, making some forays into the local art scene, going to art shows to see what was out there, taking some classes and devoting more time to working on my own art. That's great right?
Except that after several months of doing more applied art I found that I had started numerous pieces and not only had I not finished anything, I had so many different genres, subjects, and even media on the go that I realized I was well and truly kermitting. I would look at DeviantArt and each day come up with a different direction I could go with my work, but I only have so many years in this life (and only so much of that which I can devote to art) which direction to choose? I wanted to find my direction, my "Artist Voice".
I did lots of web surfing and reading of blogs and articles on how to find your Voice. Even as I did so I knew that words on a page were not going to help me - the Voice is such a right-brained sort of thing, it can't be fully analyzed, it can't be given to you, it can't be taught. It's truly one of those personal quest things that you must set out on a Hero's Journey to find.
In the next several posts I'm going to summarize what I did on my Quest and put it here for any other artist out there who might be trying to claw through their own intellectual thicket on this subject (individual results may vary):