Pathways In Art

Achieving lift off…

At our beginning, the first steps, we fall. Lacking in ability and direction, we may crawl for a long time. Too long, maybe.

Artists expand in more direction than one. Not everyone will, so they will suffer from some time of deficiency, some deficit. Generally, we grow in staircase, or spiral, never in a direct path from lower to upper, as sketched in the following:

creative path
finding the path

From the Technical to the Visual. Novice to Proficient is one scale; naive to sophisticated is another way of understanding the progression.

if you start at (T), the technical side, perhaps because your art is bound to complex process, achieving the (V) of your own value and judgement is slowed. The journey to proficient, sophisticated artist may never be completed. Most weekend enthusiasts never move beyond the (T) – the endless: “how do I?”

How to get past that? It will be easy, if you have the drive. That drive to make your own meaning; enough drive to ignore your defective skill, to seek the reward and satisfaction of expression. You need creative drive. You need an internal motivation. That doesn’t come from the world of tedious checklists and corrections of studio assignments.

Photography removed the tedium of many painting studios upon its arrival, digital imaging has done the same thing for many photographers today. Skills will always grow to fill, to satisfy the esthetic need of the artist. Let the creative drive pull you up the slope from novice, away from the tedious technicians.

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
Man Ray