Saturday, August 13

Why Do You Art?

Creating art is like walking down a lonely street. No one knows where you are going but you. 
Style, mood, vision, beauty, expression?  Some, all, or none of these? What are you going for?

I, personally, want to paint a picture in which I thoroughly enjoy the process, and at its finishing touch can say that it is the best work I have done and that I am satisfied. I have yet to achieve all three, but it is a goal.

But what about you? What do you want to achieve in your art, not that I really care, but you should?

If it’s fame or fortune, you can forget about it—achieving these have about the same odds as purchasing a winning MegaMillions lottery ticket.

If it’s to impress others, Good Luck, especially if those others are artists. Like “keeping up with the Joneses,” trying to impress or please others is pointless (and dumb).

If it’s to heal from life’s harsh reality, that’s OK.

Or if it’s just to past time, well, that’s OK, too.

I do hope you have some reasonable excuse for spending time at your artistic venture, whatever it is.

Otherwise what’s the point, or as Alfie said, “What’s it all about?”

Many times I don’t enjoy the process, and I rarely say it’s the best work I have done. But I am often satisfied, and I hope you are, too.

Happy Painting!

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