Where Are You in Your Artist’s Quest?

Blog-studio2016A quest for the future

Each new painting feels like you’re reaching deep into the future. You don’t even know if it’s a future that exists. There are so many possible futures. Yet this painting must take you into some kind of future, because to stay where you are is to die.

And at the same time, you reach into the past. The past is where you came from. If you try to ignore how you got to the place you are now, you can only stay here. And to stay where you are is to die.

The artist’s quest. The hero’s journey. Re-enacted in each new work. Maybe it all feels a bit grandiose if you think, “But I’m only painting a picture. What’s so heroic about that?” But you are using all your skill, all your learning, all the specialness that is you, to create something that didn’t exist before. You will decide to bring a idea to life. You will push back doubt. You will strive to do the best you can do, always. And then at the end of making this painting, whether the wider world appreciates what you have done or not, you will probably begin again. The next time will be that much more difficult, and that much easier.

You will never stop reaching.

Where are you in your artist’s quest? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

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6 Responses to Where Are You in Your Artist’s Quest?

  1. Renee March 5, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Always good food for thought in your posts Laureen!
    In my journey I am finally pushing past the self imposed limitations of fear and doubt, dealing with the gremlins too many to count and getting some paint onto canvas. It’s exhilarating! Permitting myself the learning curve and the joy of exploration, I am moving past stagnation.
    Cheers Laureen!

    • Laureen March 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

      So pleased to hear about your journey and your progress! I have never got off the learning curve – I think it’s a permanent state. And should be. Good for you for enjoying it 🙂

  2. Craig Cossey March 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    I enjoy your posts,I enjoy your paintings. My interpretation of your work is about how the passage of time effects our perceptions beauty vs. interesting.

    To me the fear of going forward doesn’t stop me because I know I will learn more from the mistakes than the successes. Painting is the only place I find peace. Peace is more important than excitement

    • Laureen March 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

      Craig, thanks so much. And your attitude to mistakes feels so encouraging and supportive – for everyone else as well as for yourself.

  3. pam March 7, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    In art as in life … well put, Laureen

    • Laureen March 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      The parallels are there, aren’t they? Thanks for your noticing!