I started my business, and am developing courses and content, with the aim of helping artists in their struggles with everything related to the artmaking process. By this I mean the stuff around the actual art that is made (or not made).
When we teach or study art – formally or informally – we tend to start in the middle with technique. We arrive at the class, materials in hand. Many more never arrive, unable to make that figurative journey.
Perhaps we assume that our struggles will mostly relate to the mediums, techniques, subject matter, etc., that we explore. But so much happens – or doesn’t happen – before we even get to this point. And much happens that can tip us out of the practice of making art. Perhaps we are derailed long before we are able to arrive at a point of personal satisfaction with our work.
There is enough evidence to show that we are not able to persist with activities that we do not enjoy, unless we feel forced, or have the grit of die-hard martyrs!
I am focusing on visual artists, but think there may be considerable overlaps with all artistic forms of expression, namely writing, dancing and singing, among others.
I’d like to do a series (blogs, vlogs) that explores the creative process in order to help beginner artists or ‘dabbers’, as they sometimes refer to themselves. As well as artists who perhaps continuously come up against the same obstacles and challenges that gradually wear them down.
Based on literature, observations and personal experience, I have some idea of what these struggles might be. But to arrive at a more comprehensive understanding, I’d love to hear from other artists and/or people who identify with being creative or are interested in being creative.
What are your struggles?
Please, feel free to share comments or email me. I’d really appreciate the time and care that you would invest in this act.