Today I gave a talk at Muse Art + Design as part of their new artist-to-artist lecture series. My presentation had to do with motivation and reward (as it pertains to creative pursuits). I brought in a few of my paintings, including the one above.
Even though I've developed a pretty good habit of drawing and painting on a regular basis, I certainly don't profess to be any kind of expert on motivation. For this reason, I referred mostly to ideas found in Steven Pressfield's (brilliant) book The War of Art. Pressfield has solid theories of why artists have deep issues and problems staying on course....but even better, he has a super-good answer of what to do about it. The book can be found here.
A big thanks to everyone who came out and to Muse Art + Design for the opportunity to share these ideas. I had a wonderful time...(and no one threw a tomato at me!) Hooray!
(Top Photo): Painting: Celeste Bergin, Alone, but together, oil on 8x8 canvas panel, framed (SOLD)!
(Here is a slideshow from the day...(Thanks, Dave Burbach) direct link to photos HERE):