It’s no secret that I like art. I like art of all kinds and I like making art. Making art is the freaking best.
But what is it about art that makes me like it so much? Why do I feel the need to create?
I make art because I have to.
It’s not just that I want to, or that I like to, it’s because I have to. I talk all the time about the benefits of being creative because I believe in them so much. I’ve personally experienced what it’s like to not express myself creatively, and let me tell you, it was one of the worst times of my life.
I grew up making art and doing crafts (pros of having an art teacher for a mom) but for a while when I was in college I stopped making art. I stopped creating. And even though there were many other factors, I fell into a very dark place. I was extremely unhappy and eventually I dropped out and moved back home.
Even though I was back home, a place that was once full of creation, I was still unhappy. After a couple years of being miserable, I decided to do something about it and tried my hand at creating youtube videos. It didn’t go so well but at least I was creating. I also discovered NaNoWriMo and loved it! I was finally finding myself again.
Eventually, I started my own Etsy shop and rediscovered my love of painting. Once I picked that paintbrush back up, I couldn’t stop. I bought more canvases. I bought more paint. I kept painting and painting and painting.
I found my happy place.
I got back to creating art and I got back my confidence. I became more secure in who I am as a person.
Creating art is a journey, one that leads you to finding yourself. Making art lets me be me. I don’t worry anymore about what people think of me. I don’t try to conform to other people’s expectations. I am who I am and making art helped me get there.
But my love of art doesn’t stop there.
Art is always different.
No matter how hard you may try there is no replication. My art changes based on my mood and how I’m feeling. It changes with my capabilities and the more I practice. It can even change depending on the time of day.
Because art is always different there is always something new to discover. A new skill, a new style, a new preference for a new medium.
Every time I pick up a paintbrush I never truly know what’s going to happen when I start painting. It could turn out to be some impressionist landscape or it could a colorful abstract piece. It probably won’t be anything realistic because to be honest, I’m not so great at those. 😬
Making art is a never ending journey. You never know what you’ll find down the path.
And do you know the best part of making art?
Art is just plain fun.
Seriously, if you’re not having fun while making art, you’re not doing it right or you’re not doing it for the right reasons.
Art should be enjoyable. It’s a way to relax and destress after a long day. It keeps me from bottling emotions inside and it’s fun to use any frustrations I may have and take them out on the canvas.
I can let loose with art. There are no limitations. If I want throw a bunch of glitter on top of a painting then I can. If I want to use q-tips to experiment with texture, then I can. There are no rules when it comes to making art which is nice when it seems like there are so many rules for every other aspect of my life.
Just one last thing:
Making art keeps me from getting bored because there is always something new to paint. I never get tired of busting out my palette, paintbrushes, and paints. It’s so much fun to mix colors together (have you seen those videos on instagram?) and create something new.
What are some things you love about making art? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
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