Artists Who Worry About Audience Approval Will Never Be Successful

To thine own self be true! Hallowed words.

Am I chasing validation or am I truly creating?

Am I pleasing you or am I pleasing my inner soul…my creative vision?

“Do you like it?” A phrase I must never utter or think. I will never be free to create living in that mindset.

My newest paintings are abstract. Not what I usually paint. The comments can be harsh. “What does that mean?” “I like your other work better “.

But I can’t worry about what others think. After all I am an artist!

PAINTING TECHNIQUES: Whatever Comes Out Comes Out

Lately I’ve been cognitively challenged in respect to painting.  I am turning 67 in August so I am wondering if my mind is more confused now.  However, artists should always be welcoming the ups and downs in their creative process if they want to be good. 

I decided to challenge my challenge by enrolling in a painting class at Lehman College in the Bronx.  Now I’m out of my comfort zone and doing a reset as a beginner.  My theory is when I’m stuck revert back to being a beginner.  Now every Thursday morning I take the crowded BX10 bus and show up at 9:30 am even when my mind says “I don’t wanna”.  Even when there isn’t an inspirational thought in my head.  I get to the studio and work on a painting project that is dictated by the professor.  This gets me out of doing it my way.  Humility.  Now I stare at a blank canvas with a blank mind.  God what can I paint???  I have to paint my first self portrait.  Ugh.  Just do it Jean.  Whatever comes out comes out.  So here is my first self portrait in acrylic.

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Isabel is from Brazil. She can’t speak English and I don’t speak Brazilian!   We nod our heads and gesture wildly and in three months she is sensational painter.