Take More Time Explaining Your Art

Aaron McHugh

Art- Photo by Benkay Creative Commons
Art- Photo by Benkay Creative Commons

Take your time assessing what you created.

Take your time explaining the beauty of your art, so we can absorb the magnitude of your creation.

Your photograph, your book, your painting, your company, the album you just finished, the car you restored, or the software release you just finished.

Don’t just move on to the next project.

Think about how long it took you (or short), how many obstacles you faced, and the crux decisions that you had to make.

That wasn’t easy right?

How many others would have thrown in the towel if faced with the same challenges?

You see most people either do not ever start or quit before they are finished.

Not you.

Beauty is very subjective.

Since you are a finisher, a winning horse, then you earned your victory lap around the track.  So take your time sizing up what you have accomplished and explaining the beauty.

As the artist you have the power to enlighten our eyes by offering a peak behind the curtain.

You will find that your creation or accomplishment is more beautiful to others once they hear the story.

Share the story, share the art, and take your time explaining them both.

Here are a couple of finishers that I have had the privilege of seeing behind the curtain with:

 @CaryPierce1 and @Thegoodrun just released a new album.
@VanceBrown just released his first book.
@Fuelpricing knocked out an epic software release.
Bluff Works just smashed their Kickstarter campaign goal.

What is your story?

What did you just ship?

Love to hear about it.

6 thoughts on “Take More Time Explaining Your Art

  1. Aaron, I love what you’re saying here. I think there’s also a great opportunity for people to invite people into the process of the creation of their art…to build a tribe during the building phase. That’s exactly what Seth Godin & Michael Hyatt have done with their blog.

    Too many artists wait until after they create their art to try to build a tribe. It’s too late then…they need the tribe at that point.

  2. Jon-say more. How would you advise others to inviting people into the process of their creation? Seth and Michael are great examples of accomplished Tribe creators. How does someone start building a tribe? Tell us more.
    Love your feedback

  3. Love this Aaron! I don’t stop and celebrate enough. It’s too easy just to go start the next counseling session or blog post or house project.

    I’d love to hear about some piece of your art and the process of it.

    1. Sam-
      I’ve been chewing on your question a bit. For me specifically this blog is my most personal expression of my art. For so long I dismissed the thought or desire to write publicly. It seemed there were too many people already with opinions and rants. I did not want to be add to that rather noisy pile. The original expression began as a result of looking into a career change and using the blog as a portfolio. Today I will share specific posts with people “thought you might appreciate this”. It feels presumptuous and risky at moments but I move forward trusting that time and feedback will help refine my craft.
      I originally observed this “take more time explaining your Art” while watching our Software Product Manager giving a demo to a customer. He and his team had spent months and months building this new version of software. It had some really amazing advancements, big one’s you could see and small one’s behind the scenes that you could not. The combination was very powerful. The customer loved what they saw, but I encouraged him to slow down and take them through the peaks and valleys of how you got to this finished product. They were never going to derive how innovative these improvements were without him articulating that story very concisely. As a result they placed a higher value on the Art because they now understand all of its nuance.

  4. Hi Aaron, Thanks for that piece! More than once, when people have asked me how’s it going – whether it was in the middle of my kickstarter project, or when I was choosing my company name – I replied “it’s probably more fun for everyone else than it is for me”.

    This is because I’ve been so focused either on the task, or what’s next. But, I realized I could go on like this, super busy for some time – years, maybe – and I didn’t start Bluff to conquer the world. So, I should enjoy more. In fact, the reasons I started Bluff are #1 as a creative outlet, #2 to possibly carve out a different – more flexible – life for me and my family, and #3 to make great things for other people.

    So, I need to slow down, as you suggest. Thanks for the reminder, and the vote of confidence!


    1. Stefan-
      That is a great word “it’s probably more fun for everyone else”. I bet that is the case somedays. And from the outside looking in you are doing great work and it probably looks more glamorous and easy than it truly is. As well others are often more able to see clearly how cool our projects are. Keep going and slow down, ride that bike in the park more and enjoy your creation.

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