It has been fascinating to read the results of my survey
. There was some overwhelming consistency in some of the answers (most of you who answered have been practicing art for more than five years, e.g.), there were some comments that varied quite a bit. I am posting a selection of comments that have a common theme, but I'll post other selections on other themes as well.
Here is the first selection:
I have lots of ideas. But I need help developing a practice
that will make me more productive, more of a risk taker and more confident in
my abilities to make work that has something to say. I tend to sit in the
shallows of my creativity and am looking for someone who will push me beyond
what I think I am currently capable of.
I guess really learning how to stay with one trying and go
deep. I’m all over the place but maybe I just have to accept that that’s me.
Developing a daily (or at least weekly) routine of setting a
goal, then working toward that goal.
I have a hard time narrowing down what type of art I want to
make. I lack confidence and often feel overwhelmed by the possibilities .. so
many techniques, mediums, subjects, etc. that I don't even start, or I just end
up exactly copying the style of whatever workshop I'm following. When the
workshop ends, I don't continue experimenting on my own even though I want to.
I seem to get side tracked in trying different subject
matter and techniques and even though I know I should work in a series I find
it hard to stay committed. I find doing your workshops a great way to keep
focused except they stop and then so do I.I am not disciplined it seems.
High on my priority list is finding my artistic voice and
developing a body of work.
finishing things to point they would be sellable--jump around too much
(experimenting and then experimenting on something with different materials)
Does this sound like you? Do you feel you need to push yourself to go more deeply into each exploration? Is jumping around "too much" something you struggle with?