Motivation: the state or condition of having a strong reason to accomplish something.
In today's world, one's motive, can get convoluted by mere choice every single moment.
The question is, what are you feeding?
When we get up everyday, we can make a choice to feed the light within or the dark within-- we do bear both.
One simple action, can have a domino affect on the masses.
This truth has played out time and time again more commonly with violence; as we have recently witnessed in Paris, France and unfortunately several other communities in the world. The act of feeding one's darkness makes a muddy impact on the world with little remorse, yet we can still ask ourselves how can I reading this, add light?
Eminent artist Ellie Pyle has made it her mission to use her talents to brighten the arts and spread her amazing work to a dark world in need of a vivid global touch. I personally resonated with Pyle's work the moment I came across it one evening in my Brooklyn neighbors home. I instantly knew, there is more than what meets the eye and I made it my mission to find out. Our conversation will inspire you to ask yourself.... how can I make my surroundings brighter so that the dominos around me, are not falling down, but are lifted up.
MMM: What does it mean to you, to be an artist?
EP: I think artists are born. I can't explain how I got to where I am because I was just trying to follow what was right for me.
MMM: When and how did you know that art was the path you wanted to take?
EP: I chose to study drawing and painting in college because it was the only thing I knew I could do for the rest of my life and everything else felt like a waste of time. I could show up every day and make progress in the studio and I didn't have that for anything else. This was clarified for me by some extreme circumstances in my personal life. Funny how when things are bad it makes the good things really glaringly obvious. If its all you have got, say thank you and do the work. I actually had no choice, at the time it was the only thing I could do. It was terrifying and stressful studying art, it is expensive and impractical, and no one should do it unless it is a calling. In which case, do it.
MMM: Has there ever been a time you wanted to stop/ quit, how did you keep yourself going?
EP: When you love something you don't want to stop. If you do things that you love you won't have this problem. That feeling of loving to do something is a gift.
MMM: The mythical phrase of the starving artist has been around for decades, how do you stay above the chatter and create beautiful art?
EP: I have always worked. I pay my rent then I work in my studio.
MMM: If your art work were a music genre what would it be?
EP: Anything that when you hear it, it makes you want to dance like a fool and you don't care who can see you.
MMM: What advice would you pass to an artist just starting out today?
EP: I don't know that I have any advice. There are no formulas, as an artist you have to make it up. A good way to start learning how to draw is to copy old masters. Drawing was a really important mode of study for me when I was just starting.
MMM: What does the Blue-- True painting meaning to you?
EP: The title for that painting is "Small True Painting". I did one called "Large True Painting" recently, it is what you would expect. Originally I got the idea from a dating website banner, but I thought the reference to truth in painting was funny even if you didn't know where the idea came from.
MMM: What is the legacy you hope to leave through your paintings?
EP: My work is really specific. The way I use art in my life, and the purpose it serves is just one way of going about it. I want to leave as many paintings behind as I can. They won't speak to everyone, but for the ones that get it they will radiate from their spot on the wall.
M O T I V A T I O N
If you could see that the kind of work that I make is intentional, the intention to reflect beauty in the world, it is a way of being the change in the you want to see. I get ideas from life and I make my life beautiful with the paintings.
Doubt, is to believe in your hesitation, but belief is to take action towards your confidence of what is possible.
*for more on this artist go to www.http://elliepyle.com/