3 comments on “The Ephemeral Nature of Art

  1. Greetings,

    I am an artist, or at least, I am trying to be one and this article on the ephemeral nature of art was found when I searched for just that subject. I found it to echo almost my exact thoughts as I have been struggling to start painting again but have felt it futile due to the probable, relatively short time span any painting might have to exist. Without going into further detail, I was reminded that the world would be far less beautiful if such things as flowers were never created by the God I believe in and that they last far shorter than a painting I might do, but are, I believe, far more beautiful than any painting I could ever make. However short a time things of beauty are here, they are important in ways I continue to discover. I will keep trying to make art. I wish you well.


    • If you believe yourself to be an artist, then you are one. You don’t need anyone’s permission to be an artist.

      What I found was that if thought about my music going out into the world and being heard for years into the future, I wasn’t able to create. It was too much responsibility. I would second guess myself into paralysis because I had stopped thinking about what I was trying to express in that moment. I was thinking about what my audience might want now and next year and next decade. No one can create with that much weight on his shoulders. I learned that to create, I had to stay in the moment with no thought of what anyone else was going to experience.

      You have to find your own way, but hopefully my experience will be of some use to you. Good luck.

      • Thank you. You have already helped by showing me I was not alone in the way I was thinking. We will see how it goes. Have a good night.

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