It’s a funny thing that when I try to create art I always miss the mark. If I think about the audience viewing my creations then I somehow lose the connection the feelings necessary to create organically. I begin to focus on the product of my art and not the process and I lose my creative compass.
In order for me to create I have to feel something when I am doing the work. If I have turned my mind to the hope that others will feel the way I do about a particular essay, article, or photograph then I lose my artistic integrity and my art falls flat. It’s sometimes a struggle to remain focused on my joy and/or my determination to bring my art to life and to remind myself that it is in the grind of the work that I find the feeling that tells me to follow this path and see where it might lead.
For me art is about forgetting what others have told me art is and staying true to what I feel art is for me and without a doubt my feelings are required to create my art. The feelings may not always be pretty and the purpose may only to be to create this project so you can purge it from your system and begin anew, but I have to feel something for the piece even if I never show it to anyone.
I guess I am learning that I have to release myself from the responsibility of how people view my art and focus on the responsibility I have to myself, to make art my way, with my vision. When I participate in the process of creating and get out of my way, I find the creative connection I need to make art that pleases me and if it pleases someone else then I am happy but I remind myself daily, it is not necessary that everyone love my art only necessary that I love making art and sharing it with all of you.