[W]elcome to the Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #5. What has been the most challenging artistic work you’ve ever created? What made this artistic work challenging? Right now, I’m in the middle of one of the most challenging writing projects I’ve ever encountered. How about you? Read on…
What is the most challenging artistic
work you have ever created?
My writing partner, Ken Straw (also my brother-in-law) are doing word-for-word, hand-to-hand combat in the fourth draft of a screenplay we “finished” three years ago. Though the script has already won five awards from Los Angeles to New York, we’re taking it to a whole new level. You might be wondering, “Why?” The answer is simple: We have a love for story and we want to make a good script great. We also want to excel at our craft.
If you are committed to creating great art, your work must be challenging and you must challenge yourself. Let’s face it: There’s a lot of bad art out there. Bad art made by Christians who talk about “excellence in the arts” and giving glory to God in all they do. If your art is not challenging and always comes easy to you, life doesn’t work like that. You’re not working hard enough.
We can do better, which is why I’d love to hear from you. What work has challenged you the most? Was it a book? A short film? A photography exhibit? A painting or assemblage art? A sculpture, composition or difficult piece of music you performed? Maybe a song you wrote? What made it challenging? What obstacles did you face? How did you overcome them? What was the final result? Did you succeed or fail? What did you learn in the process?
Or, if you’re like me, what artistic work are you in the middle of right now and why is it challenging? What do you love about it? What drives you crazy? Are you walking a tight-rope of enjoying the passion of creativity and the hair-raising fear of falling on your face?
I’d love your comments and feedback.
We have much to learn from one another!
In case you missed…
Question of the Week #4: What would you say to an artist struggling with a project?
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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