Must there always be a reason to sit down and make art? Does there have to be a specific end goal; such as sharing, selling or gifting it?
There does not. The greatest joy of making art is you can make it because it helps you relax, it is your hobby, you want to learn something new, you like the way the paint feels, or you like to express yourself with color. Ok, so maybe there are reasons for making art but they are pretty good ones with no pressure attached.
Your journey into creative expression does not need to have any end goals of selling or even sharing your art to anyone! Creating just to create is valid enough reason to get out those paints and make something.
Feeling stuck or blocked is also a good time to get out the art supplies and just create to create. Letting yourself make something is better than making yourself feel bad for not creating anything! This is where making "bad" art comes into play. Who says everything we make has to be frame worthy? Artists throughout history have made a lot of "bad" art. "Bad" art is simply the in between art, the stuff you have to make to get to the other side, where that "good" art is waiting. "Bad" art is your practice, warm ups, sketches, skill building exercises and any piece you just aren't satisfied with. Make it, put it aside and move on to the next piece you are going to make.
Creating art just to create and get your creative juices flowing is a good thing because our first ideas tend to be ok, but the magic starts to happen when you explore and play with your ideas more. This more is the key to stretching your creative muscles. More ideas= better ideas=more originality=more unconventionality=You being super creative!
A great way to nurture your creativity is to do simple art making activities that are open ended and allow you to explore, play and develop ideas and thoughts. Try this Creativity Spark to get you started...
Supplies suggested: set of watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, colored pencils, permanent ink pen, white gel pen, water cup, paper towels, Canson xl watercolor paper spiral bound sketchbook.
Start by drawing big looping lines with colored pencils. Make sure the lines cross each other and make new shapes.
Next, using your watercolor paints, paint in each of the new shapes you have created with your looping lines.
After that, use a white gel pen or a black artists pen and start filling in the spaces with different patterns!
Doodle, play, if you think you want to stop, keep going! Add more patterns! Have fun and
If you would like to try more Creativity Sparks you can sign up for my free online class!