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MY ART THOUGHTS | Make Practice A Way Of Life

Most practicing artists start as hobbyists before deciding to take their craft to a more serious level, particularly when they begin selling their artworks. The act of selling brings about a profound sense of satisfaction and happiness, not just due to financial gain, but because someone appreciates and values their work enough to make a purchase. The feeling is like floating on cloud nine! All artists can relate to this!

It is crucial to recognize the importance of selling artworks, unless, of course, it goes against one’s intentions. Beyond the financial aspect, the need for appreciation and validation is ingrained in our human nature. In extreme cases, individuals may succumb to depression or, in rare instances, even contemplate suicide due to feelings of insignificance resulting from a lack of appreciation. Vincent Van Gogh’s tragic story serves as a touching example—his avant-garde works were dismissed by the art community during his time, leading to his struggles and, ultimately, his alleged suicide.

Reflecting on my early career in the arts, I faced challenges with my artworks. Initially, most of those who patronized my art were friends offering support, and I was fortunate to have a very supportive family backing my passion despite the limited financial rewards. Although I lacked external patrons, I persisted in painting, thanks to alternate sources of income. However, the lingering sense of insignificance troubled me as it seemed my works held no value beyond my immediate circle.

Participation in various exhibits yielded no buyers initially. Perhaps my genuine commitment, patience, and determination fueled my daily pursuit of art. Three years of what felt like a dry spell became my period of practice and mastery, during which I accumulated a substantial body of work. Repetitive routines enhanced my skill level, and I aimed to improve my craft daily. Eventually, my perseverance paid off as I started to secure some commissioned works and unexpected buyers, often referred by those who had previously bought from me.

The early years served as a practice to mastery period, during which I honed my skills regardless of external recognition. Much like martial arts, where practice is a daily grind and a commitment rather than reserved for tournaments, approaching art as a way of life led to my continuous improvement both my skills and attitude.

Every day, I grappled with doubts about my work, but eventually, I came to understand that these uncertainties should be seen as a chance for intensified practice, fostering gradual improvement. I believe through persistence and dedication over time, tangible enhancements are likely to emerge, ensuring that one’s work garners the attention it truly deserves.

A decade spent as a full-time visual artist has taught me that the path to artistic success is not a sprint but a lengthy marathon of daily serious practice. Even today, I remain committed to continuous learning, delving into new aspects of art, studying, and pushing beyond the conventional boundaries of both materials and artistic concepts.


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