If your work is not your art, it will probably make you angry


Seth Godin defines art as having nothing at all to do with painting but as a human act, a generous contribution.

Elizabeth Gilbert defines art as the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.

I define art as something intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.

Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection.

You can be perfect or you can make art.

You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art.

You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.

Art is not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it.

What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Something that might not work.

Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It is in the soul of the artist.

Pablo Picasso put it very well when he said:

“All children are artists. The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.”

The most difficult part is we are living in the world where paying the bills takes over making art. This therefore means that we do what we don’t really love because it pays the bills.

A friend and close associate Lucas Moloi says:

“Many display such anger and dissatisfaction in the jobs they do yet become surprised why they are not successful/the best.”

I believe if your work is not your art, it will make you angry.

Ps: Art is not limited to painting and sculpting only. This stands true for whether you act, sing, sculpt, write, paint, poetry or however you express your creativity…


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