Artistic Voice


Charcoal sketch by Barbara Mattio

We are creative by nature, not choice. Creativity seeks us out. This must just be accepted. Finding your artistic voice can be like trying to move a boulder. Slow progress and time may pass before you may see measurable progress.

An artist needs balance in his/her life. The myth that artist must suffer is just that a myth. So don’t invest in the myth. Don’t force your creativity into a square others think it should be in. There is no reason to create drama or hardship to fuel your talents. Life will provide plenty itself.

Don’t try to force your talent and work to grow as an artist without concern with where the art is taking you. This is true for all mediums, including music, acting, performance art or sculpting.

What the artistic person creates is a representation of your subconsciousness. Don’t get bogged down with past failures, or a creative block. This will stop you from living in the present moment and enjoying the beauty of the day.

You can’t be your own critic and need to silence your doubts. I realize that that is a constant struggle. This is a huge block to finding your artistic voice.

When you are working and in the zone and the creativity is just streaming and uninhibited, you are releasing your creative voice. You approach artistic purity when your work is absent of everyday concerns. You have given yourself over to the flow of the subconscious mind. The great Masters worked from this place within themselves. Remember, anything is attainable and never limit yourself. Art is communication and you are creating that conversation.

4 thoughts on “Artistic Voice

  1. Karen Wan says:

    Barbara,
    Great post! I really liked this line:
    Don’t try to force your talent and work to grow as an artist without concern with where the art is taking you.
    So true and helpful to remember!
    Karen

  2. “Don’t force your creativity into a square others think it should be in.”
    “Don’t get bogged down with past failures, or a creative block.”

    All good advice, but above are the two lines from your post that hit home for me. Though I’m not an artist, doing public relations work for varied companies requires me to be creative (writing and conceiving corporate brochures, web sites, presentations, etc.). I’ve tried to think outside the box. Also, when my work has been soundly rejected by an executive audience, I can’t afford to lose confidence or get bogged down by the failure.

  3. Love when I get in a creative streak:) Beautiful post – thanks for sharing!

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