Friday Night Flicks: Self-doubt and Vincent

Tomorrow is the final day of the Dimensions exhibition (including my work In Winter) at the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon, so I thought I would share a couple of videos about being an artist.

Most people who are not artists have little idea of the stresses and frustrations of making art. I once described my working life to a non-artist and she found it incredible that anyone would put themselves through that kind of experience over and over. (Perhaps it’s some kind of sickness?) The hardest thing to deal with is the small voice in your head saying “Your art is shit.”

Here’s video number one: Your Art is Shit. (If you are an artist in the throes of self-doubt, you absolutely must watch the second video as well.)



The second video, Painting in the Dark, is about Vincent van Gogh, and provides insight into how one artist continued to work with little or no positive re-enforcement from the outside world.



Wishing everyone a weekend full of positive thoughts.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Friday Night Flicks: Self-doubt and Vincent

  1. lcmt says:

    I loved this! I had never heard of the term “autotelic”. It kind of explains why making art is a form of meditation for me, and sometimes thoughts of Van Gogh are a comfort to me.


  2. Thanks for sharing and cheers!


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