LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #16 – Technique

It is true that success as an artist is not always dependant on technique. It is true that technique can quell individuality. It is true that technique itself is just a tool and not art. Technique needs to be assimilated so that it is at the service of the artist and not vice versa. The same happens with anything we learn from others in life. At first learning involves copying and reproducing, but at some point we need to break down the material and digest it, so that we can discard what stifles our nature and make the best use of what serves us and makes us thrive.

 


María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #10 – Practice

An artist’s practice keeps their creativity and tools available and ready to use. Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”. In the case of live artists, this is even more the case. Paintbrushes, chisels, canvases or clay do not degrade when they are not used. However, the performer’s instrument does and may not be ready to be used when inspiration comes. Every life has special moments of opportunity, beauty, joy and wonder. When we are in practice with our instrument, these inspirations do not pass us by and we can live them to the full.

María Ferrara