Throughout my childhood and to this day, music has been a huge part of my life. Over the years, I witnessed so many bands come into and fade away from the spotlight. So the term “one-hit wonder” was surely part of my vocabulary. Over the years, I was so optimistic that the bands I fell in love with would become the next big thing…only to be disappointed when they would fade away into obscurity. But why was it that some bands had staying power and others didn’t? The answer is simple. They adapted. They changed their sound, and the evolved with the times or simply tried new things and experimented.
Visual art is no different. I spent so much time in my youth trying to identify with one art form, and wanted desperately to fit within that niche. However, I constantly felt that the progress in my artwork was at a constant plateau. I was stuck in my ways and was not willing to branch out or willing to accept or respect other art forms. This was a huge mistake, and this is a fault that I see a lot of other young artists make. As an artist, you learn through experimentation or trial and error. If you want to get better, you have to branch out and be willing to try new things. Sometimes, these experiments fail but often they change the direction in your work and help you evolve as an artist. You can’t really consider yourself or claim to be a creative person if you are resistant to trying new things.
Learn from my mistakes, and trust my advice. You can be a talented artist, and have a gift of being able to make beautiful work…but if lacks elements that set your work apart from your other work or the works of others… it can’t be considered special. Branch out, don’t be a “One Trick Pony”, be creative, try new things, and above all….keep an open mind.