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My Course, The Book, My Life (really…)

This is a little bit of what I think…

The Basic Premise
My Course, The Book, My Life (really…)

When I started putting together the outline for my very first course on the fundamentals of the artistic process (a major artistic challenge for me!), I decided to be as pretentious as possible.

No, not really.  At the beginning I actually decided very little. It just sort of came.  Baby step, by baby step. My version of a creative awakening.

But what I intentionally did do immediately, was to come up with the Three Principles of Art.

That is a bit pretentious, no?  Ah, well.  Here is a brief introduction to…

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Dari's Three Principles Of Art
(Well, just the 3rd one of the Three Principles of Art – for now!)


Process, process, process is divided into two major categories:

  1. Work at finding the things that help you do your art.
  2. Work at finding  the things that get in your way.

Pretty straightforward, no?  I wish.  The idea may be. The ‘process’ is not.  

But it’s what we’re about.  And it really, really helps.

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An artistic challenge. To help us get through the creative blocks, and enter the profound joy of a creative awakening.  The major goal of the Three Principles of Art.

Now, there are two Corollaries to this artistic principle of Process, Process, Process.  And I guess, if you were to ask me, they are two of the foundations of my belief system about the entire universe of creativity:

So here they are.

Corollary 1:

Finding the things that help you do your art, and finding the things that interfere, are both everlasting processes.  

Let me repeat.  Everlasting Processes.

You don’t ‘get there’.  You don’t arrive.  You don’t finish.  The process doesn’t go away.  You don’t solve the puzzles, conquer the issues, figure it out, and it’s done.  I don’t think it’s ever done.  Any more than figuring out your life ever gets done.  You don’t solve your life.  You live it.  You work on it.  It changes as you go along.  With each new stage or phase or moment.  Each step of your life brings new (you can insert any word you want here:  ‘challenges’ is the current buzzword.) issues, and worries, joys, topics, people, learning, experiences, desires, adventures, fears, excitements, awakenings (creative and not), concerns, ambitions, blocks, and so on and so on and so on.

Well, each step of your creative process does the same. Ongoing and everlasting.   Process, Process, Process.

And now for Corollary 2 to Principle #3 of Dari’s Three Principles of Art!


Corollary 2:

There is NO correct answer.  There can be nothing prescriptive about the RIGHT way to do your art.  By its very nature, creativity is about originality.  Originality is an individual thing.  It’s about your thing.  YOUR WAY.  It has to be.

There are no shoulds, no rules, no regulations.  No laws, or statutes, or edicts or proclamations.  

It’s art.  It’s your art.

You’re the only one in this whole universe who can figure out how you need to create it.  How to awaken it.  How you need to get to it.  What you need to do to be able to do it.

There is no RIGHT way to do your art.

There is only YOUR way.

It’s about you.  Period.

And that is Principle #3 of Dari’s Three Principles of Art!

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NOTE FROM DARI: Many of these quotes are comments made by students on anonymous course evaluations.

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Being an artist can be the most enchanting life imaginable – and the most tormenting. Finding your way to your own creative universe is an extraordinary and infinitely surprising journey. Still, every artist falters at some point. Call it what you will: blocks, obstacles, hitting the wall, tossing your painting into the ocean, or shredding your manuscript – we have all stumbled, we have all shut down.

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The extraordinary journey of getting to your creativity.

“The Art of Becoming An Artist”  is a non-fiction book about the extraordinary, surprising, and joyful journey of finding your way to your own creative universe.

Every artist I have ever known or heard about, has faltered at some point in pursuit of their art. Call it what you will. Blocks, obstacles, hitting the wall, tossing your painting in the ocean, shredding your manuscript; we have all stumbled at some point. We have all shut down. Failed to produce. Failed to create.