A week ago, I viewed the documentary film, Beauty is Embarrassing. This film features Wayne White, “an American artist, art director, puppeteer, set designer, animator, cartoonist and illustrator.” He is a modern day renaissance man, a bit irreverent at times.
One thing that White grew to realize over the course of his career is that the artist’s expectation to be understood is unreasonable. Art that follows the trend of having to meet the criteria of a select community or of what is currently popular is art that can become stagnant for the artist.
To be in one’s artistic unfolding, you have to be willing to go where your muse leads. You don’t have to have a logical reason…other than this is your current curiosity and inspiration as exemplified by the course Wayne White’s life and art has taken.
In viewing this film, it became apparent that in his later years, Wayne White shows up as an artist of impulse…he follows through on the inspiration of the moment. He allows his creative curiosities–when he doesn’t know how to do something, he studies, practices and learns.
When someone says to me “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,” what they are really saying is that they are comparing themselves to a standard of art. Anyone can fall short of that standard and then think “I guess I’m not an artist.” They have slammed the door on discovering the artist within that wants to COME OUT!
HERE’S YOUR HOMEWORK:
Watch the film Beauty is Embarrassing.
Afterwards, consider what creative expression wants to bubble up in you. What have you always wanted to try your hand at but considered it a foolish pursuit? Hey, try it. If not now, when?
Go and discover!