Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #4: What would you say to an artist struggling with a project?

[W]elcome to the Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #4. How many artists do you know that are stuck and struggling? What would you say to an artist struggling with a project? Maybe you’re one of them? I’m interested in knowing how you get out of a creative funk and how you would help another artist? What do you do when the words on the page are a garbled mess? What happens when you can’t nail that dance move? How do you dig deep when it’s Take #19 after you’ve flubbed Takes #1-18? What happens in your spirit when that plein air painting is more of a mix between Jackson Pollock and Picasso?  Read on…


What would you say to an artist
struggling with a project?

What have you learned when you’re wrestling with a work? What led to a breakthrough? What is the best encouragement someone has ever offered you? How have you helped others with their creative challenges?

I’d love your comments.


In case you missed…

Question of the Week #3: As an artist, what does a good day look like?

Question of the Week #2: How do you define success?

Question of the Week #1: What is the worst thing someone has said to you about WHY you SHOULDN’T pursue your art?

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  • techne

    simply this: keep working.

    • Joey O’Connor

      I couldn’t agree more. And for me, inspiration comes when I keep my butt in the chair. Usually not before!

      • techne

        i recently watched an interview with chuck close (perhaps it was an art:21 episode) in which he said: inspiration is for amateurs. in many ways, i couldn’t agree more. besides, don’t we possess myriad opportunities for inspiration? every day i find inspiration for new ideas, new pieces: other art, of course, but also conversations and the ideas they invoke, people’s stories, materials, books (i often use a random phrase as a generative device), music, films, nature (majestic and curious), textures, design…the world is full of things and ideas to bounce off of or grind against.

        • Joey O’Connor

          Inspiration is truly overrated. …I wish I could live ten lives…I have so many ideas I simply don’t have time to pursue, which is why the discipline of focus is so important. This life offers countless ways to engage…great ideas…love your line of thinking.

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