Monday, June 11, 2012

What Is An Artist?

Last year I was told that I am not an artist because I'm not a perfectionist. Months later I was told by the same person that I am just too sensitive because I was having vivid dreams that were coming true. Those two statements were on the opposite ends of the artistic spectrum and extremely hurtful,  however, they were probably two of the most helpful statements to my artistic career.

It helped me to understand the artistic soul. My artistic soul. I know now that just showing up and allowing the creative spirit to flow is of utmost importance and drawing outside the lines is extremely important. I know now, with all my heart, that artists are visionaries and we act out of faith.

I have often heard song writers say that sometimes that most powerful songs write them, they do not write the song. I believe this to be true. Sometimes I go to bed only to toss and turn until I get up and go in my studio and stay up all night painting. I wake up the next day to a piece of art that I could never produce on my own. It is in fact the creative spirit that I allow to move through me. It is a magical blessing.

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; 
That blasts the roots of trees
~Dylan Thomas  

1 comment:

  1. I think you are right, Christina. My husband is a perfectionist, but he is an artist who has great difficulty with his art. Often, he will not do anything if he thinks it may not turn out perfect. In the end, your artistic soul is the one that counts to you. Let it loose!