You never really stop being an artist, no matter how busy life gets, you just keep at it. It’s like breathing, because without doing some form of art, whether it would be writing, drawing, painting or music or whatever your particular flavor of art is, it’s what keeps you sane, even though the world may think you to be mad.
We artists enjoy this temperamental madness because it gives us a perspective of us looking outside into a world where most try to exist and try not to rock the boat, to achieve some sense of normality that we know does not exist.
I know I have not been here lately, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped working on projects, in fact I have too many projects that I want to do and things that are brewing inside my skull pan.
I have been working at trying to get readers together to do live reads of plays that I have written, working on art and prints that I am looking to sell so I can go for a 501c and start up Black Tent Productions theatre company. I have plays, novels and other writings in the works as well. Doing and dreaming while just trying to live life and keep head above water while trying to keep all those grown up things that we have to do because we have families, bills and regular jobs. We as artists can’t do our art and forget about social obligations. “We all got a mortgage to pay” as Nick Nailler stated in the Thank You For Smoking movie.
It’s not easy, but nothing in life is easy and you have to take it one day at a time as you move forward, but you never give up on what you love to do.
I have learned in my life that you can complain about how life twists and turns on and make excuses why things never really turn out the way you hoped or you planned. You can chose to be angry or disappointed or you can believe in yourself and move forward.
In the end of the day, the only thing that is stopping you is you. Nothing is ever straight forward or simple as we would hoped. I learned that from working with my church of the Vacation Bible School (VBS). We did a set for the VBS and it was chaotic but in the end it all came together and we still have a week to go with children and teaching and sharing with them. I am sure there will be hick ups and things that may not go as planned, but as long we stick to the vision and work towards making a good experience for the kids and sharing how to live a faithful life, and knowing hope to be in this case in God and Jesus.
By no means am I preaching, but being an artist it requires a certain kind of faith and faith a personal and a simple thing to have. No matter what faith one has, it’s easy to lose heart and to doubt ourselves, because the world loves to tell us that we can’t. We as artists have to believe in ourselves and that we have something worthwhile to share.
To dare to be different, to challenge and question what the world is and who and what we are as a people, both collectively and individually raises the eyebrows of others who rather not consider such things is not an easy thing to do; but that is what we artists do and the world will be better or worse off for it depending on what we do with our art.
Without art, those political, social and faith based establishments and their governing influences would not and could not be without the arts because art stems forth from human expression where we dream the world into being in thought, word and deed.
This world that we live in, for better or worse reflects our human sensibilities and it is by and in the arts that world comes to be known and shaped in arts of words, thoughts and visions. Knowing this one truth, we as artists should take care as to what we inspire people and this world to be.
Gavion E. Chandler~
‘Man is his own devil.’