Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Patience and perseverance
To survive as an artist requires confronting these troubles. Basically, those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue — or more precisely, have learned how to not quit.
Bayles, David. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking: 1 (pp. 9-10). Image Continuum Press. Kindle Edition.
Like many things in life, doing things “artfully” requires patience and perseverance, P2. It is much easier, when things get hard to just quit. And as the saying goes, “Winners never quit and quitters never win,” it is also important that there comes a time, when one is on the wrong track, to quit.
Knowing when to quit and when to persevere is one of the hallmarks of wisdom. This knowing comes from discernment. Discernment is about tuning into God’s will or the Muse’s will or Life’s will whatever you want to call the Higher Power.
Good art does not come from the world of the ego but from the world of the Spirit. All good art comes from Love. Without love it is merely a tingling bell or a clanging cymbal as St. Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians.
You can tell when a work of art in any form is imbued with love and when it is a work of the ego. The fragrance is different.
To create art takes faith. Faith in love as something beyond just one’s own ego. In what do you put your faith when you create art? How does your faith help you engage with patience and perseverance?