I really believe this is true. That materials do not make you an artist.
I have seen this pattern in my life where I stop working because I need something else to make my work. I need a new this or a better that. Majority of the time this is stalling, plain and simple.
How do you take it to that art level?
It is what you do with what you have, simple though it may be. It is the passion and the ingenuity and the tenderness and intuition with which you handle the material or the problem or the idea. I am convinced you don't need but one simple material along with the idea that you can do it to take you to that place of making your 'art'. Sometimes we convince ourselves we need a better computer and then we would be able to write our novel. Or we need a newer and better guitar and then we would practice more. But the truth is, we can only start with what we have where we are. We can worry about upgrading later if need be. Our society is a little too obsessed with upgrading sometimes. And in the case of getting to our art and our creativity it can create a horrible case of stalling.
So, yes, I reiterate, "Materials do not make the artist. Though materials be simple, the artist makes them art."
Thoughts? Have you ever stalled for lack of better materials or a better situation? Did you recognize it as such? Have you ever made something great out of something simple? If so, what was it?
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