Ian Watts Photography and Digital Art - Artistic Vision

Artistic Vision

Ian Watts Photography and Digital Art - Artistic Vision

Artistic Vision can sound like a load of mumbo jumbo -  just a lot of hot air. Yet it is critical that as artists we understand why we are trying to create the art that we are, and what motivates us. And that is what Artistic Vision is - it's understanding ourselves, and I think also being able to articulate that to others.

Easy?

Ian Watts Photography and Digital Art - Artistic Vision
This tree I have captured about 5 times - it is in the perfect location for such a beautiful backdrop
No, definitely not. It becomes easier the more we talk to others about our work, and allow others to critique our work. Even better, when we put ourselves in a community of similar people (at least similar in the sense that they too are trying to discover their Artistic Vision). It is then that we really begin to develop an understanding of who we are as an artist. It is also then we might discover a mismatch between who we are as an artist and the sort of work that we produce.

Of course, there may be good reasons sometimes for a mismatch. If we do commissions, then the needs of the client may take a piece in a different direction. But if we are always creating artwork for others, instead of ourselves, then doubt and dissatisfaction can creep in. 

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The following is a series of articles about Artistic Vision, designed to help us think through some of the difficult questions that we need to ask. At times we will laugh, at times we may cry, but ultimately we will develop a stronger sense of who we are  as artists. In doing so, we will become stronger artists, more confident in ourselves. And our work will shine.

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