I paint because I have to. I played music for fifteen years because I had to . Unknowingly, and forever gratefully, I fell in love with being creative, and all of the arts. It is when I feel most alive that I am in the midst of world I go into whenever I am on a creative jag.
I have not played my guitar in over two years. After several records, and a long journey with songwriting, I believe I just needed to discover something new, definitly creative, and get back to the place when one creates because they simply love the process. Commerce and art can be a delicate and potentially negative effect on the very process of creation. I have been painting Five years. They have begun selling. However, I think my lesson was one of humility. Ego has been a huge part of many of the greatest artists. Unchecked ego, I believe, especially if left to run any artistic endeavors, is, for me, a dead end.
I just want to enjoy what I do, and, even if I do it with an intense fervor, loving the journey is the PROCESS. Forget the rest. Just get busy, and make art for art's sake. Of course, I am only speaking of myself, and my opinion, which has been known to change. But hey, basically, I believe and make art by that philosophy.
My on-line gallery: http://www.yessy.com/richards
personal blog: http://www.colorspeaker.com
My musical website: http://www.juliannemusic.com
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