Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ART PRACTICE - Face to Face

While working, rustling amongst my collage bits and pieces today I pulled out this quote I'd jotted down on a small scrap piece of paper.
"Art is coming face to face with yourself" ~ Jackson Pollock 
Why do people from an early age, stop and avoid creating any art?
Why do people say they cannot understand art but amazingly know what they 'like'?
Why do people turn their brain, heart, feelings off to their powerhouse of potential creativity in their lifetime?
Answer?  Conditioning, emotions, illusions ~ from both within and from without.  Barriers are built up, comfort and safety zones established.

It has been said, many times, 'It takes courage to create.'
‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’ ~ Alan Alda
 My work Tango
TANGO, 9" x 5"Acrylic Painting on Ply-board.
Chosen here because it's a great reminder that we all need to 'tango', dance with our creative source, in a personal, individual way, face to face and learn from the experience.
Plato said ‘We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.’ 
‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I can take the next thing that comes along”.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

And then, once we've had the courage to create our artworks, Picasso states "Art is never finished, only abandoned."  

So we need to continually come face to face, come to the dance, over and over, keeping the creative rivers inside ebbing and flowing. The rewards? Living a life of infinite discovery, continuously turning straw into gold!

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