How to be a good artist


“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” – Jasper Johns

When I was seventeen years old, I kind of figured that I was better at writing than those around me. Had won a few competitions, and all my teachers were impressed by what I could write.

I wanted to be good. I wanted to be the best. I had the type of goals that one cannot utter out loud for fear of being locked away in a mental institution.

I liked to impress people, and then I would also impress myself.

I’d write short stories the day before a deadline. Soon, I became complacent. I thought that I was so good that I just had to stroll my fingers across a keyboard and magic would appear on my computer screen.

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3 thoughts on “How to be a good artist

  1. I struggle with this and often get “writer’s embarrassment from overwhelming necessity for perfection and personability block” but I recently went through this. I suffer with horrible ADHD ADD and every anxiety disorder so I put so much pressure on myself and end up panicking about perfection and creating an image for myself or being the best or most creative that I lose sight of the whole point of blogging and being creative. Take the pressure off. it’s frustrating – some things are difficult to execute but keep working at it. Remember this is your passion, take time to be patient with you. Work on it for yourself. Likes do not dictate anything. It can still a beautiful piece of work.


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