The first person to call me prolific is a brilliant impressionist. My friend Patrick.
I had to look it up.
1. ( of plant, animal or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring.
2. present in large numbers or quantities. Plentiful. Abundant. Productive, creative, inventive, fertile.
What’s interesting about this definition, not once does it say “easily”.
Yet, it’s a common misunderstanding it must be for creatives who are prolific.
Those two words in conjunction with another fly around me fairly often. “Prolific, easy, natural”.
Only one is true. I am prolific.
I produce a mountain of work, not because its easy or natural. Not one little iota.
Iota – [ahy-oh-tuh]“something very small, iota is the smallest letter in the Greek Alphabet”.
There are very few natural genius’s. I have met many artists, musicians, writers who agree. In fact, I have yet to meet one who said the work came easily.
There’s danger in assuming every artist is a natural easy talent.
First: it devalues their work effort, education, evolved skill.
Second: it becomes a cop out for those who want to attempt creative practice. I hear this all the time. “Oh I wasn’t born with it like you were, so why bother.”
Friends, I wasn’t born with it either.
Dad describes it best, sharing his perspective with Mr. Shurniak recently, “For years she drew and drew and drew, and it never looked like anything. Then one day it did.” I love that he continues to share this story, because it’s honest.
Last week a friend asked what the hardest part of my job is.
It’s creating the work. Because without quality work, without feeling good about what I release, the rest of it, selling, promoting, etc, is not just challenging, it’s impossible.
I still produce duds. It comes with the territory. Perhaps where I excel is being able to overcome the frustration.To not be bogged down, or hampered by it. Or, like some, insulted by it.
Privileged to do what I love, not knowing how long I will be able to do it, I am driven by a sense of urgency. With an unquenchable thirst to improve, to delight and engage you, I just get back to work.
“Keep busy while you are waiting for something to happen.” Robert Genn.
“Beach” 11×14 oil on canvas $660.oo
“Carnation” oil on board sketch
“Sky over Field” 8×10 oil on canvas $500.oo
“Out of the Ashes, Into the Clouds” 24×30 work in progress oil $1,980.oo