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Funny how some things never change (a reminder)

March 22, 2017

I was reminded recently of a post I wrote in 2012, 5 years ago. It seems an age ago but I found it funny that I’m still grappling with the same self doubt about my art practice! Albeit with more work, exhibitions and understanding under my belt.

Anyway, I found the list useful and it turns out that I was right about those things I thought I needed, which I found in many places. Islington Mill Art Academy, working on the Art for Wellbeing team at Cartwheel Arts, coaching with Beth Creedon, Mentoring from Mark Devereux Projects, Free for Arts fest and Doremifasolatido residency!

So for my benefit, and perhaps yours, here’s a reminder of why we pursue an artistic practice, and some ideas of how to sustain it…

‘why pursue an artistic practice?’

  • to fulfil the desire to make/create or to not suppress the desire
  • to explore visual elements of the world that I find beautiful/interesting
  • to show people what I see – to point things out
  • to make sense of the world/my thoughts
  • to remind myself to look at the world
  • to explore what I think about things
  • to get lost in making
  • to connect with people through art
  • to use it to navigate life
  • to share experiences
  • to make beautiful/interesting things
  • to leave a legacy
  • to encourage people to think differently
  • to encourage people to reconsider their point of view 

‘what do I need to sustain an artistic practice?’

  • routine
  • experimentation
  • regular external inspirationd
  • deadlines
  • support/ collaboration
  • feedback

So there it is. I might actually print it out this time.

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