The Raw Courage of Artistry
June 20, 2012 § 9 Comments
Many of us yearn to create, to be an artist. But we come up short. The work we produce seems derivative, banal, or just a big mess. Not art.
To create art is an act of will and courage. So long as we are trying to achieve some objective or emulate some other creative artifact, we fail.
Only when we step off the cliff with nothing but a sure sense of self, shedding all expectations of accomplishment, only when we boldly risk rejection and ridicule, only when we sustain our sense of wonder, our “beginner’s mind,” do we have a chance- and even then only a chance- to create truly.
It’s not for the faint of heart, which explains why true artistry is rare- and why it should be adored and venerated.