Roadblock 1: Embracing It
I used to think I was misunderstood; I really really embraced the “fact” of being a misunderstood artist. I even blatantly announced it on the header of my art site. (A nice place where everyone could see that I was misunderstood – not only that – as if that weren’t bad enough, my website reflected that misunderstanding in every aspect; it was very confusing.)
This has been one of the largest roadblocks that I have ever faced. For a long time I didn’t know where I was headed. I had so many ideas that I didn’t know where to start, where to end, or where in the world my creativity was really at.
Talk about a physically, mentally and emotionally draining experience. (I don’t recommend being so bold about feeling misunderstood.)
I used to think I was misunderstood… then I realized I only misunderstood myself.
Roadblock 2: Misunderstanding Myself
Misunderstanding myself allowed other people to misunderstand me, and I was getting no where fast.
How did this all start?
My upbringing in the schools I went to fostered my love of creativity, by showing me so many different ways to make art that I fell in love with all of them.
(Now let me just tell you, that it is extremely difficult for any one person, to make any semblance of a collection of art when faced with so many loves.)
I was not taught that I needed a “collection of work” to show, and only taught that I am good at doing a variety of styles, with a variety of mediums, and this only served to over-stimulate my creative epicenter (my mind) and confuse anyone interested in my art.
What helped me break this self-defeating confusion?
Breaking Through The Confusion
Many things, most notably, and most recently I have been doing a lot of research on finding my voice (both vocally, and artistically).
Upon reading a particularly awesome blog post I found re-tweeted on Twitter, by Kesha Bruce (you can read the article that got me intrigued to find out more about Kesha here: Top 10 ways to build a craptastic art website.) I started following Kesha on Twitter (you should too! Right here: @KeshaBruce) I have been learning a lot about what I really need to be a successful artist.
So, after starting to follow Kesha – she followed me back, which was pretty awesome as it gave me the confidence to introduce myself and start a real conversation with her.
A few days later she shared this article on twitter “Body of work and style” from About.com and it really got my juices going!
It talks about having cohesion in a collection of work, and an over-all style throughout your collections. So I read it, and bookmarked it, and if you are an artist, I recommend you bookmark it too!
Then I asked Kesha this question via DM on twitter: “I am figuring out I need a focused collection – if I start in one medium, am I supposed to stay in said medium for future series – Or is it more the stylization of the art that I make, therefore leaving mediums open to interpretation?”
Her response: “It’s not the medium that matters. It’s about creating a distinctive “voice” that is truly you.”
(BTW, I will be interviewing Kesha about the upcoming gallery exhibition 6×6 in New York – Don’t want to miss out? Sign up to receive it directly in your inbox!)
There it is again, finding my voice! (Something we all need to do as creative’s, let me tell you; living in the world of being misunderstood is not a fun path).
Plan Of Action
- Look at all my past art works – ones I have shown and ones I haven’t – to get a feel for where I’ve been.
- Keep creating art. Cultivate what my personal style is, my voice as an artist.
No longer will I be a misunderstood artist!
When have you felt misunderstood?