This post may end up being ranty, but i’ll try to make it not too ranty.
How do you reconcile art with life? Do you create only when your life is going smooth (or stop making art to focus on life while it’s really good)? Do you thrive on dark and challenging phases? Do you maintain a balance where life and art benefit from each other, no matter the circumstance?
For me, life comes first. If i’m not well, i can’t create. But also, creating is crucial for my wellbeing.
Around the time i began with NFTs (march 2021), everything was mostly great. I was being productive, most of my pieces sold right away, felt good. Then life stuff started happening one after another, and i saw myself not having time, or energy, or motivation to create.
Now i’m getting back to normal again, slowly, after like 3 months of unproductivity. Sometimes i return feeling re-energized. Others, it’s harder to get back into the creative flow. Regardless, these breaks are necessary, whether voluntary or forced. You have to go with the flow and do what feels natural at any given time.
Ideas have never been my challenge. Time management, discipline, and motivation are. And feeling that my art is commercially viable. Even tho it sells, it is still an uphill struggle to find audience and buyers, and sometimes i’m like: “why bother?”
One other thing: what motivated this post was that… often i see NFTs as this shiny, clean, futuristic thing that’s beyond the messiness and chaos of life. More machine than human, maybe. At fundamental odds with the sloppy reality of a flesh and blood organism who started out their art journey scribbling with charcoal on caves. When my life got messy, the last thing i had in my mind were NFTs.
Well. That’s it. I hope it wasn’t too ranty. We all have challenges, and we all want to make art. Would love to know your thoughts / feelings on this.
Have a nice messy human day!