I recently watched a documentary on Netflix in which an artist named Christopher Niemann talked about the creativity process. I took note of a few of his quotes because they made me pause and think:
Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. Us professionals, we just go to work in the morning” the one thing I really love about that quote is that it relieves you of a lot of pressure. It’s not about waiting around for hours for this moment where inspiration strikes. It’s just about showing up and getting started and then something amazing happens or it doesn’t happen. All that matters is you enable the chance for something to happen.
Christopher Niemann is an artist and has created many cover illustrations for the New Yorker. He’s from Germany. He also made a few other comments I want to share:
The gateway drug is not making art, but experiencing art.
It’s their experience plus my experience and the image is the trigger.
I love this quote mainly because you can totally go from having zero inspiration and motivation to finding something that peaks your interest–another image–and then working from your own experience, creating something you wouldn’t have ever imagined on your own. And then you just go to work. You show up. You make a date with creativity. And you make stuff that turns out pretty cool, even if you think you suck.
I wanted to share my own experience with art over the past month or so. I’m still growing and learning and trying things out. I’ve been inspired by Skillshare classes and Instagram posts and have tried doing some more hand lettering projects too.
The cacti is probably my favorite because it’s a mix of watercolor and hand lettering–two things I love doing. I’m not too fond of the flower mainly because I think it looks dumb, but also because I don’t like drawing flowers. With the exception of wreaths, which I like, I’m not into floral drawings. I purposely told my husband I would not be decorating my house with any flower paintings or art because I feel like flowers are the go-to for everyone. I like things that are different and not the norm.
My coffee pic is ok, but I love how I did the hand lettering. It’s such an improvement from even a month ago. I love seeing the stages of my improvement. You can teach an old dog new tricks 😉
I think Christopher Niemann is right when he says you just need to show up. Sometimes you get mixed results and sometimes you get really good ones. It takes time to try though.
I’m still working on my hand lettering. Right now I’m learning the uppercase I (still have J-Z to go!). Then after that, I got a book on how to connect the letters that I want to use to practice. So I keep moving forward, even when my life is super crazy and I can’t devote every day to it.
What things are you working on? What projects have you tried? I’d love to see your work if you want to share! Post the links below or email me and I’ll do a post with all the responses.