Most people associate art with something static and unchanging. Films combine sound and motion, while music fills the air and creates a mood. However, traditional forms of art, such as a statue or oil paintings, are static and unchanging. A piece of art can be preserved well and may last for many decades, or even centuries. A painting can be viewed at an art museum as a child and then viewed again as an adult. It will still look exactly the same. These are just a few reasons why people view art as something that has already stopped or something that is at a halt. The end is not important; the process is merely a means to an end.
This is false.
This myth is even more popular in today’s age when artists are beginning to believe it. Instead of paying attention to the creative process, they rush through to sell the piece quickly and move on to the next. While the process can be a tedious chore, the final product is the reward. There is no room for creativity or spontaneity when deadlines are looming. The artist is focused on her vision and will not allow anything to distract her.
It’s time for artists to let go of the old way of thinking and allow their art to grow and change. Art is made from the process.
Sketching out our vision is a quick and fluid process. Then we start to apply paint to the canvas. We make changes as the brush leads us and often end up with a completely new piece. Sometimes, even we are unable to believe what we have created. Art is fluid and spontaneous.
If you feel like you are constantly adding “finishing touches” to your work without actually finishing it, this is usually a sign that there is something wrong with your finished work. You don’t have to torture yourself. If you are focused on creating, rather than finishing, you will often know when it’s done. This is usually because you didn’t pay attention to the finish line.
While it is important to set goals and stick to deadlines, if you view the creative process only as a means to an end, it will sap your creativity. You shouldn’t be afraid of trying new things. You can work intuitively, letting the canvas express your inner vision. Contemporary painters are always evolving and trying new things to improve their work. You must be a creator if you wish to create.