The Dungeness Estate,by Christopher Simpson

The Dungeness Estate,by Christopher Simpson
The Dungeness Estate on Cumberland Island (as it once was.) Read more about this and other paintings by Chris at (Copyright-Chris Simpson Fine Art)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Artistic Discipline: A key to improvement....

One of the best way's to get better at anything is obviously the good old fashioned word we all can struggle with at times: DISCIPLINE.  I know, some of you might probably be thinking, not again. Seriously it can be fun and even liberating once you learn the "art," (no pun intended) of it.
We can at times tend to think of discipline as being restricting. However when you consider or find how you can have self-discipline, you will find it can be a real benefit to your success.
We all have to work at it, although I've found for some it presents more of a challenge than others.
Also our desire or continued interest has much to do with this subject of discipline.The drawing here of my hand holding a pear is an example. Holding the position in my hand as students were filling the room was a challenge indeed, hence the meaning of this blog. When you set a target goal to be determined to finish this and make it good, you will suprise yourself sometimes.We have to stick with it and realize there is a reward at the end.
It may not be what someone else would invision, but that it where true creativity begins. After all, there are so many potential artist out there who would benefit letting go of the cookie cutters.
Be different, challenge yourself, and for goodness sakes, be original. We could easily copy something for our art and at times it's good to have something to look at to find inspiration. Other times you might just want to learn a style or appreciate someones approach, in these cases then full steam ahead.
I've found you will learn and grow much more when you look inside and around yourself, then try to come to it with a freshness no one else is doing. Move on from copying. Yes I studied the pear and my hand, however as in much of my hard work, it has taken great discipline to move beyond the obvious into a personal representation meant to challenge us toward a greater vision somehow. From an artist perspective, one can hope and trust somewhere another will find value and appreciation for the laborious task.  
In hopes to be understood here please let me know if this helps someone to be more creative.
It's your choice. Choose wisely and have fun.


Sarah said...

I'll be quite honest with you, discipline is not a favorite word of mine. However, what you say is the truth. I can speak from a writer's and musician's point of view. There are basics that we all have to learn. To learn either all the rules or all the notes of every scale, it takes discipline to sit there and learn it. When we set our minds to doing/learning something, we can accomplish it. We should not give our list of excuses as to why not. Being a musician, some notes and some music can be challenging. That's how you learn. Once you master the basics, then branch out; make it your own. Everyone out in this world who has made a name for his or her self, has not done so just by having it handed to them. The people we call "great" are people who worked hard and disciplined themselves so that they could succeed.

Chris said...

Thank you for your comment Sarah. Music is my second love when it comes to being creative. I play piano and when I was a young lad, it's was drums. In this present time in the world of so much excess, it can be hard to find people willing to make it their own. Many either just go along with the crowd or copy someone else idea. I guess it takes more energy to be original. But I feel it's worth the effort.
Take care and would love to hear some of your music, and read some of your writing. Is there a way for us to do either? Keep in contact with us and sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My schedule is extremely busy. Thanks again for your response. Chris