Sunday, February 3, 2013

Professional? Amateur? Says who???


Crossing the Chasm
What is it that makes certain art 'professional' and ever reserves other art as 'amateur'?  Is it who you are? Who you know? How much money you have to promote yourself?  Is it completely circumstantial? Or maybe the recipe includes a dash of truth to self
Are you faltering?  Did you start out painting in the style of your heart only to be moved into the style of what is hot/current?  Should you do this?  Who knows..  examine the urge to go with the flow VS the inner psyche. Where do you want to be?....
An artist can be on the edge of a great creative adventure only to be shut down by the masses.  If you allow outside influence to hammer at your creativity, you may be well tempered, but will you be as inspirational as you can be?  No matter your vast amount of talent, will you have that special charisma to others if you are not true to your creative inner self?     

Some are inspired to reach deeper by the hammering masses.  Which one are you? 
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We regard, we copy, we emulate those we admire until we can create – then there must be a breaking away.   cj rider

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Use talents and life experience to quest for your own personal truth.  ....
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How hard is it to take a chance and create from your heart, or intuitive nature?     Why is this so hard? True genius in artwork reveals something of self. 

This revelation can be likened to the dream where you are somehow naked in front of a crowd, or the door swings open on the stall and there you are... bare to the world.  How humiliating if someone sees your innermost id and makes criticism.  Nothing is more far reaching and damaging with less said.....
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Painting from your core belief is like 'bearing it all' to the masses.  And until you know who you are – you may not be comfortable revealing your inner workings on canvas.
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You don't have to explain it – be strong....
Know yourself – Don't apologize for who you are or the art you create.
Find your own identity= be brave.
Find the greatest satisfaction= create from your deepest inner truth.
Experience the closing of that vast chasm between your art and the public.
Don't be afraid – take that leap of faith.
Be who you really are.
Paint from the pit of your furthest reaching thoughts - inward or outward.....
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All text, sayings, writings and images on this blog ©cj rider  ....

TO THE READER:
1.) Please share your personal moment of truth as an artist. 
2.)What was your turning point. 
3.)How you are struggling with your artistic identity.
4.)What influences and distracts you from your own direction?

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