Ahhh the New Year, the best time of the year ! Time to look back and think about everything positive that happened during the year and think about where we want to go. The perfect time to reflect on life.
As we start this new year, lets focus on the art world and what we need to do to feel good about what we are creating and at the same time, move happily forward as an artist.
I am talking about Artistic Vision- What is it, how do we get it, how do we know it is the right one? As artists, we all like to experiment and try different styles and mediums. When do we know what is good TO us and FOR us?
What is an artistic vision? It is basically what you are trying to do with your art, what you want to convey, that intangible that comes from within and makes you different from everybody else. Is there a grand theme or an underlying message that can tie your work together? You have to know what you want to say with your art. Do you want to entertain an audience, please yourself, change the world, become a great technician? If you don’t know, find out. Whatever it is you want, it is worth pursuing and it is worth knowing for yourself as well as your audience.
Vision is about insight. It starts with your heart, your soul, your intuition. as Carl Jung said: “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.”
Take some time to think about your vision and write down all the ideas and things about your vision that come to mind as it comes to you, no order, no sorting, or record yourself speaking the words you hear or envision. Don’t edit or erase, don’t think too much, just keep on writing without worrying about what you write or why and keep at it until you feel everything has been written down or said. Discover yourself. Once you know where you want to go, what you want to say, who you are, it becomes easier to chose your subjects and your commitment to the technical aspect of your art will be renewed so that you can convey this vision.
This clear vision is what sets you apart from other artists and nobody but you can decide what this vision should be.