For those who feel fear

I would like to share with you some paragraphs from the book “the WAR of ART – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” written  by Steven Pressfield.
For the past two years I have been buying and reading books on creativity and demolishing the blocks around it, and how to overcome fear. I have been desperately looking for wisdom and encouraging writings, so that I can step out of the treacle of non-doing. I have been looking for an all-situations-foolproof-passport that could set me free to travel wherever in the art fields.

The book on “the WAR of ART” that I am reading now  (in competition for my time with many others…yes, I suffer from reading a bunch of books at the same time) is “A vital gem…a kick in the ass.” – so says Esquire. It is comforting to bring down from a pedestal such a paralizing emotion as fear. And the book is indeed a gem. But let me write those few paragraphs that I read a quarter of an hour ago.

 
A pro views her work as craft, not art. Not because she believes art is devoid of a mystical dimension. On the contrary. She understands that all creative endeavor is holy, but she doesn’t dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much, it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique. The professional masters how, and leaves what and why to the gods.

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The professional shuts up. She doesn’t talk about it. She does her work.

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The amateur believes he must first oversome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be oversome. He knows that there is no such thing as a fearless worrior or a dread-free artist.”

 

I am an amateur. I still need books to read in order to come out of my insecurities about creating art. I think this particular book is helping me.  I hope my post will help someone….

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Captured on camera

Hi, I have uploaded new photos on my blog. I would be happy if you could have a look at tell me which one you like best. Some of them have a bit of humour.. Enjoy.

Captured on camera.

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Work in progress

I thought I have to bring here some of the photos that I took in the past. I created a new page “Captured on camera”.

You may say that the quality of some is not great, and I have to agree with you. I captured those images for the sake of the colours…composition… and to remember the atmosphere. The majority is taken on my mobile but some are properly shot on a Nikon. You will know which is which…

I shall upload more drawings this week and improve the looks of my blog. It takes time…now I appreciate even more the work of all bloggers. It takes not only time but dedication, too.

 

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Poll on self-doubt

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Self-doubt and doing things

Huge subject…

I have wasted many years in not producing any art work, not even a sketch, because I thought it would be worthless. Not even tried…that is the sorrow-full bit. It would not have cost me anything.

I have hundreds of blank pages, loose (as in A4 copy paper, that you can buy from Tesco for £3 for hundreds of pages) and bound in proper sketchbooks. Good for ink, watercolours, acrylics, oils, you name it. I ‘ve got it. The same about crayons and pastels and brushes. Hundreds of them.

What has been missing all this time, is the DRIVE to do. To do anything arty.

I have lost time in browsing the internet, looking at art websites, other artists’ blogs, websites and videos and have got inspired and demotivated very quickly after looking, just like a rocket that ignites its engines and then loses the combustion bit in the stratosphere.

I have been immobilised by other people’s creations and productivity. It is good to blame others for our own shortcomings and procrastination. How easy it is to point the finger.

A few days ago I looked at dates on some of my drawings. 1996, 1997…ridiculous! That is a lifetime ago. Careless with my own gift.

If I think that I can never catch up with the ones that are ahead of me, I have to stop looking at their work and start doing my own work. Sit down, stand up, stand on one toe, lean sideways, but START. Log off, close the books, and do my own stuff.

Countless times I have said that it is no point in drawing and painting because I will never be as good as others. These days when information is permeating our lives even when we sleep, I can say it is a blessing and a curse for the creative people. My brain absorbs in a split second the work of another artist and if I was given a task to create an illustration with a bear in pyjamas, I would probably draw something similar to what I saw lat year on a website.. good chance.

Time to close those sites and the books and draw what is in my head. What did the great masters of a few centuries ago do? They did not google or go to reference books on Michelangelo. They were the Michelangelos of their time! They were the ones to just do that thing that gave them the reason to be alive, to do those things that they could not do without.
Drive comes from within. Time is the most precious thing we have.

I am off to my studio.

 

 

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