”Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol
I’m loving this quote this morning as the sun suddenly bursts into my office. Also with this general idea not to use my Thinking-head to solve things, that makes this quote even better. Just don’t think unless it comes from your Heart, your grounded lovely daring heart which we all have …
I don’t really know a lot about Andy Warhol - did he become successful before or after he died, who supported him, what influenced him, but this quote of his sets me into complete curiosity mode. I think he did live during a more permissive period and wow, what personal intuitive powers he had and set into motion. I do know that I don’t love love love his art … I never took it very seriously. I know it’s worth a lot (now? then?) and the fact that his art doesn’t move me emotionally, combined with the huge amount of money attached to his art doesn’t make sense.
The path I create as I break out of old molds, comes with breaking out of old thoughts. Do I have any rusty ones that I hold onto because my old world has too much judgment around money.
My confusing beliefs around money :: all valuable things in life are free. The things I value in life are free. The root of so much corruption and evil in the world is connected to money. And yet, the designer in me loves material designed Things. And my mother was the minister’s wife who kinda did like to go shopping. Just a little. This what will people say ….
I think a big part of me has learned how to keep myself small. Those are definite rules. Pastor family rules, pastor kid rules, oldest daughter of Mom rules, being a female rules, and the social rules that exist around smallness.
As I try to bring my awareness up, there is also this thing about letting yourself expand … in the world, not dessert eating habits.
I realized another important internal piece for me. The art Andy made and then made more of, as people decide … Writing and this level of expression wasn’t the original plan in my life and at the same time both the same time now both writing and designing is happening anyway. “Follow the feel good” has been a working good rule. Also at the same time, something bigger than myself is shaping, and those who value it, that kind of support and connection feels great.
Perseverance … is what Andy is talking about … and not letting your Art get smaller because you are waiting for others to deem it worthy. I feel deeply deeply grateful to him this moment … I have a faint memory of him kind of having a lot of attitude of just not caring about the public, as someone who was snarky and just did his own thing. Completely followed his inner compass. I wish we could have met.
I hold a level of trust and doing that I have never known before. This is Perseverance, Love, Expansion, Trueness and Newness.