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Updated: Aug 29, 2019

None of the artist showcased in my newsletter want to appear sleazy or self-promotional. And there certainly is a line between healthy promotion and spammy marketing. If I ever fall into this category, I want you to throw something at me and tell me to stop. Don't worry about hurting my feelings...my little ego has developed a callous to the unwarranted critique of my work...but it took a long time to grow that callous. Some artists find it extremely difficult to put their work on public display. It is difficult to understand why someone who is creating something that can only be appreciated visually may have great trepidation about sharing it with the world - this should a no brainer, right? Well its complicated. It has to do with trust, ego, fear of being judged, and failure. Not necessarily in that order. Most of us have that little voice in our heads that shouts

"Stop showing off, its not polite!"

We were taught from a very early age this is not appropriate behavior.

In 1872, the French novelist George Sand wrote that the artist has a “duty to find an adequate expression to convey it to as many souls as possible.” To put it more succinctly: Art needs an audience. A good artist serves the audience. A bad artist exploits it.

Steve Jobs famously quipped that people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s the voice of an artist talking. Creative people have a sensitivity for what people need even before they realize it, and this isn’t pandering — it’s empathizing. And it's empowering.

Art isn't really anything unless it is shared. All of the artists sharing their art in my newsletter would appreciate the sharing of the newsletter with your family and friends and by visiting them on their websites.

Are any on you are interested in showing some of your art in my newsletter? You can checkout a couple of past issues that are posted on my site. Look for the "newsletter" tab.

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Thank you so much for reading, and maybe subscribing and sharing!

  • Gerry

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

Good morning! My first blog entry on this platform. I wonder what has driven me to this outlet of shared ideas? Read on....

Just for Fun, the new page added to my site, is indeed, a place for my drawings and doodles. It is also the place of the manifestation of The Muse, the geni, who is the actual creator of all the work. I am just the Hand. It sounds weird. I won’t disagree with you. It is a supernatural state when you create. Nothing else exists. The artist becomes one with the spiritual word of the Muse. Don’t laugh. I haven’t lost my mind.

This Muse is older than Christ, Socrates, and the dinosaurs and as young as a new born baby.

Consider this for a moment. If you try to think about where an idea comes from, what source do you ultimately find? If you see something at the bottom of a tea cup that inspires you to write a poem or paint a picture, or write a novel, what put that tea cup in your hand and what gave you the idea to act on it with creative actions? It's the old “What came first, the chicken or the egg” argument.

Elizabeth Gilbert writes about this in her book “Big Magic”. (Strongly suggest you read it.) You can claim to be the creator of a particular piece of art, but what really gave you the inspiring idea? Who is the guide and where did the guide come from? Yep, it was the Muse that lives swims and swirls in the atmosphere around you. Nothing more, nothing less. The original idea belongs to the Muse, so I suppose you could think of all art as an act of plagiarism. The Muse brings you the idea, but it's your choice to say, “Okay, okay, I hear you. I will work on that idea as soon as I get finished shopping. Now leave me alone. I am on it!” Or you can say “Go away. Can’t you see I am in the middle of a catastrophe. I don’t have time for this now!” And the Muse will go away to find a more receptive “Hand” to help bring the idea into being.

It is indeed a partnership of magic.

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