Artist’s Motivation; Miles to go before I sleep

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

These golden lines from Robert Frost bring back the wondered thought- what keeps an artist going?

It sure must be something really burning which keeps the urge inside an artist alive. To keep his pen rolling, his paints flowing, his camera clicking, his legs tapping and his heart jumping, all the way.

Indecisive of what the reasons would be, I just thought of putting down a few points which keep me, as an artist, going …

  1. Take it out on a paper
    It’s when I have a lot of things to surrender to, lot of things to face to, in daily life, at home, at work, in relationships or I am just grumbled of the general behavior of a common human tendency and I desperately need to take it out somewhere, writing or painting become the best medium. I just write it down or paint it out and the relieve exchanged is worth that effort!
  2. The mighty incentives
    Two words of a serious thought on my creative work brings in voluptuous changes. With the prowess of the web today, exposing talent is easy, quick and vast! Even the comments that I receive on a four line poetry of mine, is capable enough to take me 10 miles further.
  3. The critical “high”
    Believe it or not, one thoughtful remark coming from n expert in the industry can teach an artist lesson for his entire life. We don’t actually realize its importance since these experts are not really in our reach. Even one thoughtful remark from a friend can boost an artist so much. If even once, by any chance, one becomes lucky enough to recite his poem to a well famed poet or show his photograph to the most eminent photographer in the industry, it takes you another one million miles in a flash.
  4. The urge of getting better
    It is said “Practice makes man perfect”. Similarly, any art comes through two channels- Inborn talent and sheer experience. Artists tend to learn through hit and trial method. It’s their own work which motivates them to improve further! When I compare my two years old poetry with the present one, the difference is crystal clear. The journey of evolution in me and my writing comes alive in those papers. It’s that promise to myself to keep getting better just gives me a push every time!

As an artist, I keep doing my art for myself but somewhere I realize that what I did, isn’t enough and that I have to keep going , because, there are miles to go before I sleep…!!

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