©8.17.2010 Leah Virsik, Serendipity. Front side. Paper, muslin, acrylic, thread, 6 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches.

Kelly Warren titled her blog post today with the question “What Does Authenticity Mean?” I’ve been thinking about that for the past couple of weeks in my quest to do work that is meaningful to me but also with a desire to do work that utilizes my strengths. In a recent critique, my teacher commented on liking a certain color scheme of mine vs. another and I found myself focusing on that color scheme as I was painting. It was really wierd and I realized I needed to stop that right quick. That’s when I know I’m not being authentic.

I was creating art last night and having trouble deciding what exactly to do. I’m rarely short on ideas but it seems l tend to easily “forget” that terrific idea that I was so enamored with a couple of days ago. Really, I think it doesn’t matter what I make, as long as I’m creating, I’m priming the pump, so to speak. But I think I’m going to work on writing down my ideas and coming back to them on a regular basis.

3 Replies to “Authenticity”

  1. Love your work and love reading your posts. Very encouraging and insightful to the artistic process. Glad I took a minute to stop by today.

    1. B,
      Thank you so much. Life is such an interesting process. It’s so helpful for me to see myself in someone else’s story. I hope I can do the same for others.

  2. i love this piece, Leah! i’ve been so behind on my blogging that i just came to this. glad my post got you to thinking. i think artistically i fall into the trap of trying to emulate someone else’s work, as a learning process really, hoping that “kelly” will emerge somewhere from there. i’m still so all over the board artistically, so i’m starting to accept that just maybe that’s what’s meant to be for me. hope you are well!

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