Sunday, April 11, 2010

On Discovering and Using Our Creative Voice...

"You make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn't very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren't good, the parts that aren't yours. It's called feedback, and it's the most direct route to learning about your own vision. It's also called doing your work. After all, someone has to do your work, and you're the closest person around."
- David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Three things jump out at me from this quote:
  1. We each have a creative voice and vision that are unique to us, our job is to discover them and apply them to our creative practice.
  2. Consistent practice, perseverance and play are key to discovering this uniqueness. In other words, quality will eventually come out of quantity.
  3. Creating true to our voice is enough to make our work good whether it's ever published or displayed for anyone else to see.


  1. YES.
    thanks for this awesome reminder.

  2. YES. YES. YES.
    My favorites are #2 and #3.
    Thank you for this today, Steph. I really needed to hear it! Especially #2...