How To Make Authentic Art (And Why You Would)
What is authentic art?
The Cambridge Dictionary defines authenticity as “the quality of being real or true”. Real art, art that is true or honest.
In my experience, authentic art is the approach of a human being connected to the soul, transcending the purpose or message through their craft or art. It all sounds very holistic and “out there”, but if we ground it a bit, it’s quite simple.
Art isn’t good, if the artist isn’t good. What makes a great artist? Well, the qualities of taking out time to work the art, of joy in doing so and the absolute devotion until the last stroke is set.
Much like everything else, the rush to the final result and that temporary fix it is to get something done for the sake of only others isn’t sustainable. It will only work in the short term, and perhaps not even then. I’ve been there quite a few times, and in the end, I always wished I’d spend more fully present time with the work and not allowed rush.
I recently read, that it took Leonardo DaVinci 12 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips – only the lips! Imagine the patience and connectedness he had while doing so. Not to mention the pleasure that painting has given the world ever since (in fact, so much, that Picasso was one of the suspects when the painting was stolen in the early 20th century).
My point is, and probably always will be, that authentic art is the best kind of art. It carries a story and a vibration that not only the artist will feel, but their audience and potential buyer as well. Among the paintings I’ve created and sold, the buyers would have them because it sparked something in them – and funny enough, the spark was a similar story to what I put into it.
An example was my artwork “Floating”, which I made in the late summer, when I was in this beautiful mental state of perfect ease and flow. I felt as if filled up from within and overflowing with joy. I had no need for conversation or action, but just being. When I posted the painting, the buyer messaged me within a day saying he wanted it, because it sparked that exact state of being he was in – and I hadn’t even shared mine in writing, I’d just painted it out. It was one among many beautiful experiences in creating authentically and selling, and connecting with my audience like that is just beyond. It builds an authentic follower and buyer base, and particularly in these times where the social media are fed up with non-organic followers and likes, that’s exactly what artists, collectors, fans and curators are going for. And it’s actually the very thing that’s always survived in the history of art; what’s the story and how does the artist paint this story so that it influences others?
Based on my studies and experience, I’ve cut it down to 3 simple rules (that are not at all unique, but a great reminder);
1. All art should come from an inspiration to create – not inspiration to get confirmation from anything or anyone outside the artist themselves.
2. All art should be some sort of processing of thoughts, perspectives, experiences or feelings.
3. The artist must accept that they have no control of how others view their work – the individual will never see the same piece as the artist, and that’s what makes it art.