January 4, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Art of our Lives: We are All Creators

Whether you know it or not, you are creating your art on a daily basis. The choices you make, what you say,, do. What you buy. What you draw. What you write.

I’ve made art that has been on television, in film and books. But art goes on whether it crosses over into a commerce world or not. The way you do business. What you have to say, whether it’s on your blog, in deviant art or sold in a gallery. It’s you. Something that crosses over into the commerce world doesn’t make it more valid. Yes, It can help you pay the bills so you can make more art.  But Pop art can be a comic book page or a Lichtenstein on the wall. It can be in the form of an animated show in the 90’s, an independent film shown in festivals. a vinyl toy, or a doodle in your sketchbook. ( Have you ever seen Frida Kahlo’s sketchbook?)  It’s amazing that we have so many forms of expression.

When cave paintings were made thousands of years ago, do you think anyone thought about whether they would be rich or famous from them? It was about saying something. Telling stories of the human condition and it’s place in the world. On this earth. Graffiti art of the ages. Mostly done in the dark, a pure expression of the soul.

Okay,, quite cosmic. But I think you get what I’m trying to say.

Your success ( so called, according to what interpretation) and your failures ( same) are all part of the dance. Your dance. You are creating it everyday. Walking forward is actually a succession of falling and catching yourself. Standing upright again. And falling again. It moves us forward and gets us places. Good and bad.

Enjoy the dance. It’s only yours. And we are all the better for it.

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9 Responses to January 4, 2012

  1. kimberly says:


  2. Nick Fortunato says:

    Your next book should just be filled with these posts. They help me and I’m sure everyone else stay positive.

  3. Corey says:

    What’s going on with Kaboing TV? There hasn’t been an update for a few months (unless I’m not looking in the right place)


  4. MA Vargas says:

    Reading this gave me a boost of motivation, thanks Joe.

  5. Megan says:

    This is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you Joe Murray.
    And I must tell you, I feel like putting an end to this blog would be such a sad loss of resource, speaking for myself… and many others, I don’t doubt.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Hi Joe,

    Please keep this page going! You are such an inspiration and have provided young artits like me with valuable information. I look forward to seeing new material on here every week. I thank you very much for providing us with all your insight here and in your book,” Creating Animated Cartoons With Character”. It is absolutely one of my all time favorites.

    Thanks Again!

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