Being too focussed on the result can be a bad thing.
Because when it’s dark you can’t see the sun AND when times are tough on the windy road we travel, you can often no longer see the summit.
Understanding “your journey” can be a real “dream saver” in the difficult times. It’s what’s kept me going time and time again.
Setbacks are part of your journey, as is rejection, loneliness and a lack of familiar support (unbelieving family and friends).
Read the biographies of anyone who has ever achieved anything extraordinary and you will see that they too walked the very same steps.
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Journey blog
When the shit hits the fan it can be difficult to keep dreaming.
Try screenwriting when you are moving house, or thinking big when you have just lost your job.
This is a predicament that many wonderfully creative people face every day as they wait to break-through and reach the panacea of their dreams.
What do you do in those terribly muddy times of transition?
Well, the one thing you must NOT do, is quit dreaming.
Pursuing your dreams is a difficult thing when times are tough, BUT it is vital that you keep going, that you keep moving forward, even if it is only one inch at a time.
Simply do “one thing” everyday, write a sentence, make a phone call, paint one brushstroke on the canvas.
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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Pursuing Your Dreams
Every substance that is truly valuable is pure, refined and rare. It is the refinement that makes it rare and valuable. The purity and authenticity of a product creates great demand.
Many genuine artists become disillusioned by poverty(refinement) and they give up in the dark of night, turning their backs on the works of their hands and the dreams in their hearts.
This can only be described as a tragedy, for the cliche is true, it is often darkest just before dawn.
Don’t you see it takes poverty to create a masterpiece; and in our ambitious folly we are faiingl to see what is clearly obvious…
The greatest piece of art, the masterpiece of all our creation(s), is not found on a piece of canvas or captured on a strip of celluloid… it is
YOU the artist, refined through the toil of your years, made beautiful and humble in the years of your pursuit, glorious for all to comprehend.
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Art And Riches
Continuing on from yesterday
bad news for artists….
Just because you can’t measure something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
You maybe destined to live an artistic life of poverty BUT riches must in no way influence the choices of a genuine artist.
But how will you eat?
You will find a way, I know it in my heart, and I have experienced it in my own life hundreds of times over.
The world needs you to be one hundred percent pure; they need your truth, your art and your music to light up the darkened tunnels of their dreams.
Perhaps this is the point of your journey towards poverty, to be refined, to be reduced, to be boiled down to only your essence; very soon you will be rich in way that transcends all understanding.
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2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Art And Poverty Blog-Part-2
The genuine artist is royally screwed; we live in a world where your “art” will not always be valued in the way that it should be.
Because what you do is not “tangible,” it’s not measurable. it’s not an easily packaged commodity that a man a suit can ship off 3 times a week.
I would argue that “art” is more spiritual than it is physical.
Although spirit is the most solid, tangible, ever-lasting thing on planet earth; in our small minded, dollar focussed, narrow ways we have not yet found a way to measure its value.
How valuable is a memory?
Is it not all we ever have?
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Art And Poverty – Part 1
P:S: To be continued tomorrow
The London Underground System is way down underground. On a bad day, it’s dark, deep, overcrowded, claustrophobic and stuffy.
The City of London first auditions, and then permits only the finest musicians to busk in the cellars of their fine city.
Because they understand that music is like refreshing food to the souls of the tired, weary commuters that journey through the transit system everyday.
The music filters through the tunnels and when it reaches your ears it does something to your soul.
This is the role of the genuine artist… to reach people, to connect with them in the mundane subways of their souls.
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – How Artists Enrich Our World
Entertainment versus Art – it’s an age old debate for sure.
But first let it be said that we should not allow ourselves to be drawn into the dichotomy of western thinking, that forces us to pitt one choice against the other.
In fact that in my opinion “is the problem.”
Art should never be separated from entertainment; these two entities were designed to be lovers and not foes.
What do I mean?
When we separate art from entertainment, Art has a tendency to be selfishly introverted, inaccessible and lonely.
And, when we separate entertainment from art, Entertainment has a tendency to become self indulgence, superficial and greedy.
2012 Copyright Seven Sentences – Entertainment Versus Art Blog