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Blog: Weekly Update
IAmTotally
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If you'd like to indulge in this conversation, I think this is a much more useful question:
What excites you about what you do? (What makes you want to do it?)
It's a difficult question to answer precisely for any artist. But it's important to be present to what that is - that thing that excites you and makes it worth being a creator when the world seems against you - and to foster it, especially when it's rough.
Honestly, though, the only answer to what you're really asking is that if it's going to get done you're going to have to sit down and do it regardless of context. Every artist has their demons and their excuses, within and without, and eventually you just have to say "thank you for sharing" and carry on, having faith that it will be worth it in the end. To do that, you have to first answer the question of why it's important that this painting, this play, this game be completed. That's just about the only thing that will get you to a consistent and safe creative place.
Blog: Happy Birthday To Me...
IAmTotally
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The silver lining is that you accomplished something this year. That "confidence building" workshop you went to? You did it, and survived.
Build from there, Pseudo, from things that you have done, not the things you haven't. Sometimes, change takes time and baby steps. But that doesn't mean you can't live your life by design.
Blog: Weekly Update
IAmTotally
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I think what's interesting about what you wrote is that it really reflects our western aesthetics of art (and I think "art" does apply here), in that we have to question this at all. In some cultures, the evaluation of art is based entirely on how much it pleases someone who observes it. Beautiful things make people happy, and satisfaction comes from giving happiness. It's interesting, and simple. (that's the !Kung bushmen if you're interested)
But we have all these other qualifications and questions we have to pursue.
I do theatre performance as one of my main interests. So I can't really create what I create for me, since if there's no audience the work isn't alive. I happen to thing that's just a distillation of a truth for other art as well.
Art is a human thing, and it connects us to one another. I think all art is, ultimately, for another person's observance.
(if it weren't, it would be classified "outsider art" and relegated to likes of schizophrenics)
Blog: Hello there, lurkers!
IAmTotally
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I'm certainly a lurker. I've posted once or twice. Been around since before M3 (joined somewhere around halfway through the development) with the same name. I'm currently a university student in the states. I've read the blog material you post here loyally for those years, and I really look forward to the work you put out. You have a supportive reader here.