Wanting to be in Control of your art
Recently a good friend (artist) and I were talking about the competitiveness among artists, wanting to be the best. An example of this is the feeling you get when you walk into a workshop and begin to size up the other artists. The thoughts range anywhere to “I’m the best” (in relationship to the instructor) to “I better find a less advance class”.
At about the same time someone called my cell wanting to buy 3 of my paintings at a reduced price and I wanted to be a victim (my choice) about not getting the respect blah blah blah and my friend interrupted my thought and said isn’t wonderful someone wants to own 3 of your paintings.
Later I thought more about our conversation and it struck me that maybe as long as I keep comparing myself to someone else it becomes more difficult be me. I know this is like a constant theme of mine, but it seems that we are always looking for others to define our work and wanting to be better then another artist is another way of doing this. So it is a kind of trap. I found this blog and essay Gnostic World of Candy Minx I Blame the Artist on Art & Perception as a part of Karl’s discussion about What is Art, a very good read.
Competition happens in a environment where there are a clear set of rules that everyone has agreed on. If the basketball goes in the basket, if you miss the tennis ball, if you cross the line first etc. But being creative in how you express yourself? I think we all want to get better at expressing ourselves. I just want to be careful about expressing myself like someone else, just cause someone may want more of my (you know, thank goodness not the other guy’s) paintings.
Noon (c) 06 by Bob Martin