Art is in essence a measured contribution to our world, it is an expression of imagination and ideas generated by the human mind for others to experience. It is the result of creativity, innovation, aesthetic and beauty. It is a person’s individual creation and expression. It is a form of communication and an expression of a multitude of observations, thoughts, and emotions. Art is not solely about something beautiful, but rather a depiction of all sorts of emotions, such as anger, sadness, love, regret, joy, fear, worry, and gratitude. It can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, writing, music, photography, film, and architecture.
I am sure that if we asked the question “why do you make art” to different artists, we would undoubtedly get a potpourri of answers. It is a highly personal endeavor. Some artists feel a deeply rooted need to express themselves, to create and put their thoughts out into the world. It is as if their creativity is so embedded in their DNA that for them being an artist is not a choice, but a calling. For others, it is a desire to connect with others who will experience their art. It is a vehicle for communicating and connecting with the outside world. And, even if the reason for their art is purely for enjoyment, many artists feel they are doing what they are meant to do. It is their destined path, and the need to create is fundamentally tied to who they are.
Art has the profound ability to touch an emotional chord with us, to make us feel and experience something more. It can be beautiful and breathtaking, and it can also render you breathless. It can transport us to a new place beyond our own lives. Art that truly resonates for you and touches your soul, can be incredibly powerful. Its purpose can be as simple as being a symbol of human emotion. It can speak of our needs, our desires, our struggles, and our journey. The most enlightening and soul-catching form of art is that in which the artist shares openly. The artist is putting into tangible form their experience, their discoveries, and their unique understanding or interpretation of the world, and sharing that with us. We feel gratitude for their honest expression and for letting us into their psyche if only for a moment.
So let me ask you, what is your art? How do you express your imagination? How do you share your thoughts, ideas, and creativity with others?
You may feel that you don’t have that creative gene. But—truly we all have the ability to be imaginative. We all have the right hemisphere of our brains that thinks intuitively, creatively, and spatially. But for many, this part of the brain hasn’t been cultivated. It is like a muscle, the more you access and use that hemisphere, the stronger and more powerful it will be. You will see how it begins to positively affect your everyday thinking. New options, new ideas, and new solutions to problems you face will come more naturally to you. By putting your right brain to work, you will broaden your thinking in enlightening ways.
So, flex your creative muscles. If you focus more on the process of creativity, rather than the result or outcome, you will find that yourself less inhibited and less critical of your abilities. You don’t have to create another Mona Lisa; instead it should be about the imaginative activity in itself.
And maybe instead of painting or drawing you could put down your observations or thoughts in a blog that you share with others...or maybe you have a book waiting to be written. Think big and don’t let the logistics scare you away from it.
If it sounds somewhat daunting, I’ve got some simpler ideas here just for you:
Start an art journal.
Create or color a mandala.
Put together a collage of different images superimposed.
Create a vision board.
Splash paint on a canvas.
Take a bunch of random objects, art material, and/or remnant fabric and combine it into a collage.
I’ll sign off with this quote by Maya Angelou:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”