Category Archives: Short Thoughts

React, adapt…transform.

It’s been a while, several months in fact since I posted to my blog last. I’m not sure why I’m writing this now and it doesn’t matter, as most bloggers  know (well, those of us without any active readers yet) it’s as much about the process of blogging than it is questioning why, otherwise we’d easily […]

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Short Thoughts: Motivation, Purpose & Meaning.

In February I wrote a Short Thoughts blog with the title What three things make YOU an Authentic Artist? In that blog post I isolated Motivation, Purpose and Meaning as being the three things that I feel authenticate my artwork. The concept of the authentic artist is something I’ve discussed in previous blogs also, but […]

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Short Thoughts – Can painting learn anything from knitting?

My mum is a bit of knitter when her arthritic fingers allow for a good run when knitting a jumper, which she has done on more than one occasion for me, as well as other family members and friends. She recently gave me a jumper she’d knitted in my chosen colour, where she’d incorporated a […]

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Short Thoughts – The Mature Artist – A Definition

In a previous post I introduced the topic of ‘The Mature Artist’. Since then I’ve been asked specifically what that means to me, which prompted me to attempt a definition. Here it is. I dare say I’ll update this as time passes! “I think a mature artist is one who has critically evaluated themselves and […]

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Short Thoughts – The Mature Artist

I was once told that ‘even though you are a mature person, this does not mean that you’ll be a mature artist’. At the time, I wanted to reject the statement as it was a challenge to my ego! Since then, I have of course found it to be true. Being a mature artist would […]

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Short Thoughts – What three things make YOU an Authentic Artist?

In my last post of this Short Thoughts series titled Corruption Sometimes Appears as Compromise, I alluded to what I called the Authentic Artist, which I summarised as follows: “The authentic artist is what we aspire to and what our potential audience desires” Since then I have been reflecting on what authenticity in relation to […]

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Short Thoughts – Corruption Sometimes Appears as Compromise – The Authentic Artist

The path of an artist is always going to be and is also well-known as being a difficult one. The term ‘artist’ I will use here in the context of someone who has decided to dedicate their life, or rather their immediate life for an unknown duration to the pursuit and lifestyle of thinking, making […]

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Short Thoughts – The Successful Artist – Location Location Location?

The internet gives the impression that if an artist has a website and makes their work available to buy online, then their audience is potentially global (there are many artists producing work in isolation that are able to support their practice through online sales). If what you make lends itself to the ‘in the flesh’ […]

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Short Thoughts – Capturing Ideas – Should we write or remember?

For some artists, ideas are the bread and butter of their practice. For others, actions take precedence. Personally I feel my own practice is a mixture of both. Ideas come and go, as does the immersion in the action of doing/making that ultimately feeds back into my ideas. I tend to write a few words […]

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Short Thoughts – The purpose of art is?

Sometimes I wonder what the purpose of making art is. It can be tough for artists that have not found their audience to maintain enthusiasm for their art practice, and I’d have to put myself into such a category. An audience can enrich the process of making art because it gives the art a purpose, […]

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