Wednesday, August 15, 2012


     Anyone can be an artist but not everyone can do it well. The former always ends up with a feeling of uncertainty, worthlessness and frustration like an old door closing on dreams. While on the other hand, the natural born artist walks over the rainbow and collects buckets of thoughtful visions.

     Insecurity is an old wound; it’s what keeps dreamer artists feeling inadequate for weeks and end. It drowns you until you can no longer shake the feeling off. You sank with these feelings and realize that you need to be friendly with your creative self. You shift and look at yourself in another light. You resurface.

     But there are also artists who choose to work deep in the shadows, scared of the fame and moneyed grins of collectors. These are artists whose work shine the brightest. They paint untainted, pure and strong testaments of what they have seen and experienced in a world far away from the gates of artificial light. Brave individuals who are willing to embrace nothingness, not to be pitied and undermined, but always come up with something so brilliant and worthy to fill in that empty frame. They are artists who don’t keep their works guarded, withdrawn and locked up in some Pandora’s box.

     In their fold, one message remains the same: You are not good enough the way you are. Because even in the darkest of shadows there is always a crack in almost everything and that’s how the light gets in.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

unused [pen and ink on paper]

     Coming home to a space that is clear of disorder can free us from that mental anguish and subtle disgust due to the visual pollution that surround us. You want to restore, organize and embody that simplicity of a good life, a well-lived life, an adult life. There was a time; my creative life resembled a daffodil growing in between rocks longing for rain. I let the passion and expression slipped away while in my endless quest for that happy life. I hated anyone who has more creative time, more attention, more luck or more of that passion that I didn’t have. All that unused creativity made me feel empty like I may not be able to see colors again. I was surrounded by decay, the falling leaves, the brown grass and dead summer. And on one rare occasion, I found a book - One Hundred Flowers by Giorgia O‘Keeffe. It was almost spring awakening when everything comes back to life over again. Looking around I realized that my creativity turned into bitterness. Emptiness have taken over me. Slowly turning the pages of the book, I saw silence and suddenly I found my voice again.
     Silence is my loudest scream. I spent every single year of my life silently - creating. As an artist it’s all that I wanted and needed. And then I was drawing again.
     Drawing [and all the creative process] happens in silence. It’s the only time ideas, expression and passion pour in to satisfy the intention and purpose of art. Like a daffodil in between rocks, it needs water if not a summer rain.