If you’re like me, every now and then you get frustrated and discouraged because everything you do with your art seems to go nowhere. Those with any ambition for their art to take their lives to a better place will especially understand what it feels like to produce work, often against the odds, but feel like the whole exercise is not gaining any ground or achieving any traction toward your goal.
What to do?
I have no magic answer, but I can offer some things that I cling to, when I feel this way. Firstly, there is the existential pleasure of creating. Forget what the art you are making is for or what it is supposed to do for you. Just enjoy the moment of creation for what it is. Creating is something that is its own reward.
Secondly hang on to the fact that you are accumulating a portfolio of output. That might be decisive one day, or even worth something to somebody in the future. Who’s to say?
Finally, realise that all the work you put into your art at least hones your skills as an artist and that is the route to producing better and better art. If you keep going with that, one day you might be so good an artist that your goal is achieved.
It’s a long hard road, if you want your art to take you anywhere. Try to find ways to enjoy the journey.