“When I am in my painting, I am not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a short of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.” – Jackson Pollock
Being self-conscious about one’s process is the death of one’s art. Good artists don’t know what they do when they do good stuff, great artists don’t even bother to understand this process.
If you worry about whether what you’re doing is good or not, you’re going to fail. If you keep thinking about who’s going to like your stuff, who’s going to buy it, what are they going to think or say or write about, you’ve already failed.
You can’t please everyone, so why bother?
So why do art?
Because it’s fun. Because you want to prove yourself that you can do it. Because you want to see if you can do it. Because there’s this voice inside your head that needs silencing; this itch that just won’t go away.
Creativity is just one’s brain having fun.
So have fun.
Get involved. Forget about the world outside your window for a while and focus on the one inside your brain.
That’s the only way you’re ever going to create your story, the only way you’re going to translate the images inside your brain…
Go with the flow, as they say.
Let go of all worries and pettiness that usually accompanies life on Earth and create something. It’s good for the soul. It’s good for the mind.
Let others judge, buy, rate or hate what you make.
You’re too busy making art to do any of those things.