This week’s artist quote is from the abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Here he says that every artist paints what they are. If that is so, then Jackson must have been an amorphous blob of paint dripped on a canvas. Although, if you’ve heard about his personality, it sounds like this might not be far off. You can see some of his struggles and supposed volatility in the intensity of his work
I think this is a very true quote. It only makes sense that something you create with your hands, as an outlet, will be like a mirror to what’s in your head. In a way, you cannot create anything without it having been a part of you before. No one else can create your special brand of art.
This highlights the importance of painting for you, not for anyone else. When you paint with other people’s opinions in mind, the work suffers, but when you paint what you feel and what excites you, that’s when your work shines, and I believe that is because you are letting out your true inner workings and really painting “what you are.”
What do you think? Do you believe an artist paints what they are? Do you feel like your work suffers if you’re not creating from within yourself? I’d love to hear.