Can’t be seen in one piece of art
When you look at an artist’s work, you can’t look at one piece and know the whole artist. One piece of work is just a bleep on the radar. Especially in today’s world. You can’t just look at one post, or one blog, or one short story, poem, whatever. You have to follow the artist. Follow them with the intent to understand where their work is coming from and for the most dedicated followers, where it is going. How is it evolving? How is the artist evolving?
We don’t know Leonardo da Vinci from just the Mona Lisa. We know him for his writing, his contraptions, his relationships with other artist and intellectuals of his time. We appreciate da Vinci for who he was entirely. Would he be so well admired if we didn’t know about him outside of his paintings?
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The point here is, show yourself. Show who your are outside of your art. You are not one painting, you’re an entire collection. You are more than one work of art. You’re a gallery. You are Picasso’s works before, during, and after his Blue period. That’s about 50,000 works.
Which also means, keep creating. You can’t stop at just one piece of art. You have thousands more to create and many more late nights ahead to fight against sleep. Every time you finish creating, a little piece of you changes. I’m not sure whether something is added or subtracted. I’m not even sure if it makes you more whole but it adds to your collection and it makes you a little more whole to the viewer.
And finally when you create, take the risk. Don’t be afraid to bare it all. You cannot take a snapshot worth keeping without baring some part of you that you hold sacred. Don’t worry about how people will react. Bare it in the most artistic way possible, then move on to your next work.
These things are all good but don’t create just for the numbers. Create because it makes you feel more whole than if you didn’t. Create because it adds to you. Then you’ll find wholeness in your life. And what better way to live, than to feel whole while you’re doing it?