Making Progress

Episode 247 · April 1st, 2023 · 29 mins 2 secs

About this Episode

It seems to be a given that as artists we want to see growth and progress in our work --and many episodes of this podcast have focused on taking on the challenges and mindset that feed progress in the studio. But what does it really mean to make artistic progress? Is there any way to measure or quantify progress as an artist? And how is a sense of progress linked to our basic satisfaction as creative people?

Many of us need a constant sense of progress as measured in specific achievements to feel good about ourselves. This is a cultural value and deeply engrained from childhood on, and it seems natural to ask yourself often what progress you are making as an artist. But it's also good to question whether you're applying outside standards of progress to your art self. Your inner sense of satisfaction and achievement is an important factor in recognizing progress as it plays out in your own studio life.

If progress is important to you, you may expect it to be happen in ways that are quick, ongoing, linear, or even dramatic. But progress in the studio is often slow, sporadic, subtle, and non-linear. We need to understand and accept that times of consolidation and what can seem like backward movement are part of the creative process. True progress requires time as you integrate new ideas. If you are working in the studio, some progress is inevitable, even if it is hard to see.

What does progress mean to you? Understanding your own need for progress, and how you view it are individual responses. We all have different attitudes and inner standards that tell us we are making progress, but you can sense what it means for you as you evaluate your work. and it is good to pay attention to even small steps. Notice when you feel stagnant, give yourself credit for how far you’ve come, and be open to taking steps toward the kinds of progress that are meaningful to you.

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