There are a lot of artists who take themselves way too seriously. If you’re starting to feel that way I would like to do you a favor today. I want to give you a friendly reminder… Are you ready? Art is supposed to be fun. It really is. That’s why you started to love it, remember. You started to realize that this thing called could help you make the world see what was going on inside your head. You could create things that never existed before. You probably started off copying logos or cartoon characters or maybe sketching stuff that was around you. That was a blast. I can still remember sketching out rock band logos on my classmates notebooks and realizing that this was the one thing I could do that people actually thought was cool and it was fun. Then after a while you start to realize you don’t have to copy. You could make up your own stuff. You could design things for other people.
Then somewhere along the line, we get serious. Maybe it’s because you have so many people telling you you can’t make it as an artist and you want to prove them wrong, or you start getting paid and the next thing you know you’re crunching deadlines and somewhere in there it stops being fun. Now please don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with getting paid, but don’t lose track of the fact that this is supposed to be fun.
I’ve been posting about paint parties for the last week or so and i just got done doing one. We painted a couple sunflowers with a group of 24 mostly novice painters. It’s always about the same, they start a little nervous and then they start getting into it, and you know what my main job is, Above teaching them to paint the picture, and laying out some basic techniques, the main job is to keep it fun, and it is fun. I think the main thing is the pressure is off.
Every once in a while I think we all need to be reminded of this fact. It’s supposed to be fun, if it stops being fun, find a way to make it fun. Drudgery and creativity rarely peacefully coexist. Do something that helps you find the fun. Here’s a hint. It often involves helping someone else find the fun.
Remember, art’s supposed to be fun.