To create great art, it’s my belief that we must remove the ego.

I make no claims to perfecting this task. However, it’s in humility that true artists and great art emerges. Something happens when you let go of the need to be great, to be recognized. When we create solely for the purpose of creation itself, we begin to remove the ego from our work.

This doesn’t mean that we can’t use our life experiences as part of the creative process. In fact, life can humble us if we’re willing to submit to its lessons. That’s not to say that we should never take bold risks. We should. But take those risks for the sake of living rather than trying to prove something. Make your art a reflection of the experience, not the self.

When you create, let the art lead you. You are not a great artist. You are a vessel for great artistic works. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.