Practiceon November 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Good afternoon. Today, I am looking back with another foot.
Since the beginning of the summer, my progress had been cauterized. Stopped by the drudgery that is a real job, if you can call it one. I frequently repeat that art requires momentum. It is true that most rules that apply to physics also apply to the arts. For those of you who simply find drawing to be lazy doodling, you’re horribly wrong. I cannot stress how wrong you are. It is like a sport, or anything else that requires practice. Even the best of artists need to spend an overwhelming amount of time simply pursuing a furtherance of their knowledge and skill. Just like when an athlete becomes still, so too does entropy attack the sedentary artist.
I’m fluctuating. I am proud to announce that I have one full page drawn and ready for the scanner. It has taught me something. I have learned that I am not at the plateau that I was on last spring. Perhaps I have lost my will to fight. Back in May, I worked diligently, day in and day out. Now it is like I had been separated from my limbs for seven months, severed from what used to come relatively easy. Now the ease is stillness, as I continue to fight off the nothingness that has been my lifestyle since my drive had been sapped from me.
I push, and push. When you’re drawing, or painting, or committing yourself to whatever art it is that you’ve sank into, you must keep going deeper. Do it every day. Draw that foot until you cannot do it anymore. For a year, I spent time at a college that stressed the importance of repetition and perseverance. One of my instructors, Roxanne, had supported the claim that I should pursue an avenue until there was nothing left of it. Keep exploring it, from different angles, until there truly aren’t any left. It is this practice that is far more important than constantly beating principles and and guides into your heads. The most important rule to remember is to muster the courage required to forge forward, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if anyone sees your work or if you have a million fans. All of those things will follow as long as you are willing to pour yourself over something relentlessly.
These are the qualities that create the line between work and jobs. Jobs are truthfully soul sucking. I have to admit it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work hard at it. Survival is essential at any cost and any price, but there is something more important: your work. Work is something that can fuel you in a way that nothing else can. It is honest achievement and gives back more than what is put it in. Everyone finds it in different ways, and not everyone will be successful simply because of your work. But if you can push your work into being the prominent creative force in your life, then you’re better for it. That is why there are Shriners, and Entrepreneurs, and Artists. It’s from the self that we can give to others.
Keep fighting the good fight,