You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful: yourself. - Alan Alda
Today, speed is more valued than a steady gait; a plethora of things like friends, ‘likes’, ‘re-blogs’ and page views more respected than a few close and dedicated followers. Unarguably, quantity trumps quality and today’s artists must come up with a branding strategy, a recognizable ‘image’ before they begin making what matters: work. In this age of social media, information overload and shameless self-promotion, it can be quite difficult to find your footing as an artist when networks of individuals are interested more in what you can do for them, than sharing ideas and growing. So, what do you do? Distancing yourself from the ‘scene’ will do nothing but perpetuate ignorance and being overly involved puts a strain on your own work. Trying to strike a healthy balance is key. Art is a journey to be had; something to be experienced and learned from fully. As the quote implies, there will be periods of uncertainty, stagnancy, and the only way to get there is by toiling away. Remember what drove your soul to create and why you chose to dedicate your life to this. Art heals and reveals; is the purveyor of harsh realities, exhibitor of hidden strife and the proprietor of passion for life.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. - Confucius
Art is how you see and what you do with the vision and a mind geared towards success is concerned not with the next painter’s painting but the unrealized works of a certain, personal future. The world taps away at our unconscious, fills us with images, information, and yet, we still feel uninhabited. As we sit in front of our canvases, mounds of clay or reams of paper and vacate our seats positioned in front of computer screens, we remember the joys of which put us here in the first place and the satisfaction is greater than any e-mail notification telling us of a ‘re-tweet.’ As the minute passes, something new will quickly replace any forethought, any ‘hot topic’, but our creative minds are what deserve to be persevered for ages; like that of a marble masterpiece by the great Michelangelo.