What Every Artist Needs



I am reading 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton. Great book.
She has a chapter on the artist Damien Hirst. Thornton writes,

Three years ago, when Hirst picked up a brush for the first time since he was sixteen, he was ‘horrified’ to discover that his skills were exactly where he had left them.

‘The first paintings were awful, but what I learned was that I had belief,’ says Hirst. (emphasis added)

As I read this, I thought to myself, “Yes! This is what every artist requires for the next blog post, visual piece, or poem.”

All art and expression is driven from belief.

Even if you “think” you don’t know what to say or write or create, something within you must BELIEVE in yourself as the artist AND also the piece before it is developed.

Belief is the missing ingredient, the driving force, between what is thought and what is created.


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