"I said to myself, ‘I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me—shapes and ideas near to me—so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down.’ I decided to start anew to strip away what I had been taught." - Georgia O'Keeffe
As artists, we're often told what is and isn't "good" art, what techniques to use and avoid, and how to make a living from our craft. But these external pressures can be like a cage, trapping our creativity and preventing us from fully expressing ourselves.
It's important to remember that art is a personal and subjective experience, and the most powerful art is often the art that is truly authentic and personal to the artist.
If you feel like you have something unique and meaningful to say through your art, don't be afraid to let it come through in your work. The process of creating and expressing ourselves is just as important as the finished product. Don't be afraid to take risks and try new things, even if they don't turn out exactly as you had hoped. Art is a journey, not a destination.
Be open to new experiences and perspectives, and don't be afraid to draw inspiration from unexpected sources. Artistic inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time. And most importantly, don't forget to have fun and enjoy the process of creating art.
It's easy to get caught up in the stress and pressure of the art world, but at the end of the day, art should be a source of joy and fulfillment.
So, the next time you're feeling creatively stuck or uninspired, try starting anew and stripping away the expectations and preconceived notions that may be holding you back. You might just discover something truly special and meaningful within yourself.