Your body of work is important

20-paul-noble-untitled-jpgAs a creative person, the challenge you are faced with is to create something every single day. When you start out, in the initial phase the excitement keeps you going, but after a few weeks, months may be, you feel you have said everything you wanted to about the topic; or may be painted or drawn everything you wanted or ever imagined in your mind. That is when your creative tap seems to run out.

I have been researching this topic and have constantly see-sawed between being a creative myself or being a curator of the creative.

Look at the really big players on the internet: Amazon, Facebook, Google: their strength lies not in making a new offering every single day, but instead in bringing people together, connecting them, offering a platform that’s bigger, more open than anything else we have ever experienced.

And then look at some creatives who have made it big: Paul Noble, the Turner Prize 2012 award winning artist; Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway…. Their specialty lies having build an evolving body of work over years.

Paul Noble has been awarded the Turner Prize 2012 for the pencil drawings of Nobson Newtown, a fictional place. The award-winning body of work has been created over a period of 16 years. See his work here
http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/turner-prize-2012-paul-noble

Vincent Van Gogh, died at the age of 37, at which time few people knew his art and even fewer appreciated it. Van Gogh began painting in his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches, and prints. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, portraits as well as paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.
See his work here:  http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/

Ernest Hemingway, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Most of his works were published from the mid-1920s to the mid 1950s. During this period, he published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.
Read his biography here: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1954/hemingway-article.html

I am sure if one is to do further research on the creatives who have made it big, their strength lies in having evolved their work over time, and creating non-stop.

This learning, and realization tells me that while there may be times when I do not have time to create, or I feel like I have nothing to say, I need to just read biographies of these and other creative greats. Their doggedness to keep creating till the time of their passing on is a lesson to us all. Keep creating and some day you will be recognized for what you have excelled in.

~ Bharti Athray

Image source: Sketch by Paul Noble, from www.old.contemporaryartsociety.org

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