Art Every Day 072 – Being a Short Treatment of Art and Writing

Art Every Day 072 - Being a Short Treatment of Art and Writing

Title: Desert Tree in Utah 003; Size: 8×10; Media: Acrylic paint, canvas, inkjet print on silk, ink

The idea of my primary occupation, artist or writer, came up in conversation with a friend this weekend, and I said that I was an artist more than a writer. She responded with the observation that I go through periods when I make a lot more writing than art, and she is right, I do do that sometimes, but still I consider myself an artist first. So then, being who I am, I had to define why I felt primarily artist rather than writer.

I do both these things, make art and write, and I am pretty good at both. That said, to me writing is never finished. I can go back to something I wrote twenty years ago, and see ways to improve it, and I will make those changes. My inspirations to write, though momentous, do not happen all the time, so I want the work to be perfect, maybe I think that high quality work can make up for low quantity. But it never really does.

Art is not like that for me, when it’s done, it’s done, and I can let it out into the world without regrets or desire to revise endlessly, but it hasn’t always been this way. In earlier times, when people offered to buy my art, I would panic because I thought I wouldn’t be able to make more art, I thought my inspirations were one-offs and I would never be able to be creative again. Somehow, I don’t know how, this changed, and my inspirations came regularly . Maybe it was Pat, the flatmate who was simultaneously crazy and inspiring. Maybe it was attending art school. Maybe it was just letting myself be who I am, a working class kid who was lucky enough to get an education.

If only I could accept my writing, flaws and all, then my relationship with it might be better. I can hope.

~ by thiscassandra on Tuesday 12 November 2013.

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