“He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into non-objective painting.”
~ Jackson Pollock ~
Anything or anyone that sow seeds of doubt into your creativity is detrimental to your work.¬† Jackson Pollock pointed to Thomas Hart Benton’s opinions and views on art as the catalyst to him moving away from representational work. Pollock was tough and a survivor, yet we do have to wonder how many people stopped being creative due to Benton’s opinions and perhaps behavior in the classroom?
We will never know.
Finding and keeping your creative balance can be difficult. The great Lucian Freud described this as one of his major concerns. Freud was even concerned about what impact a new lover in his bed would have on work.¬† Everything affects artists. Even the smallest of things can affect our creativity.¬† This is perhaps why so many true artists maintain a strict routine and regimen.
One of the most common common things that affects our creativity is our contact with other artists, especially artists who have stopped doing their own work.¬†¬†It doesn’t take much to affect our creativity and art. All it takes is one critical remark or comment to destroy our self-confidence and our work.¬† Some of you may never recover.¬† This is why I believe that it is important for¬†you to choose your art companions, teachers¬†and mentors wisely.
Protecting your emotional and creative balance needs to be a priority.
You need to become increasingly self-aware to see how others and situations affect you.
You need to listen to your instincts, especially the very first one you have.
You need to be true to yourself and your creativity first.
You need to let people and situations go that are affecting your creativity.
Everything you do as an artist requires maintaining your creative and emotional balance.