In today’s age of technology, social networking and oftentimes lack of real connections with others, it is essential to define yourself as an artist and a person. To know in your heart who you are, what makes you tick and what boundaries you have. Being true to yourself can be difficult today with so many things competing for our attention.Â If you know who you are and what it is that you do, it is easier to say no to the things and people who may intrude on that.Â
Every time you say yes to something you are saying no to something else!
So now from this made passion
which made me take art for an idol and a king,
I have learnt the burden of error that it bore.
And what misfortune springs from man’s desire…
The world’s frivolities have robbed me of the time
That I was given for reflecting upon God.
How true this is. And how easy to forget. I’m struck that the great Michelangelo would write, sorrowfully, “made me take art for an idol and a king.” I’m afraid I often do this with my writing. Put the writing above the things that it’s about. The things I originally set out to communicate, like love, and joy, and discovery. You’re so right to call all us artists to task.
Thanks Sharon, we are all there at times. I know I struggle with this and sometimes it is not even my art or the things of this world that I love but the other little even unimportant things that get in the way. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.