Being remembered for your art

At the age of 10 or 12, I discovered that being an artist would give me an ability to create something which would live on after death. – Will Barnet

Death is one major reason we feel compelled to create. If we lived forever, we may work forever and never ship.

However, death doesn’t give people an excuse to work faster and ship unfinished art. In fact, as the world speeds up because of real-time Internet forces, the creative’s challenge will be about slowing down.

The next big cultural buzzword will be Slow. Slow food, slow art, slow reading, slow making, slow living. I’m so OK with that. – Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid)

Producing art that lives forever requires patience, perspective, mastery, and uniqueness. Chances are you won’t be recognized until you differentiate your work. Even then, you probably won’t achieve recognition until after you die.

The freedom to create art unrestrained is fulfilling yet complicated; if you’re an artist looking for recognition, fame is not guaranteed. The good news is that the Internet database saves your work forever, until it becomes something people actually want to remember.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.