This week I thought I would ponder the gifts that art gives us. This quote by Pablo Picasso pops into my life quite often and I think it is a great starting point in discussing art's gifts.
When frustration and disappointment settle in I often ask what is the point of art. Why should I keep making it if no one is buying my art, commenting on it or liking it on social media? Every artist and creative person feels this at one point or another. But, then I take a step back and a deep breath and maybe a walk, and I realize that's really not why I make art or why art is important to me. Sure it is amazing when someone says they love something I made and when they buy it I literally dance around and shout Alleluia! Art IS important not for the recognition and money it can bring but for so many other reasons.
Making art makes me feel like I have accomplished something. "I made this!", is a great feeling!
Art gets me out of my head. When I am in the middle of creating there is no room for worry and ruminating!
Art calms me down, makes me happy, inspires me, gets me energized, and makes me think different thoughts.
Art makes me feel connected, dare I say it? to God! Yes, for me there is a spiritual aspect to making art. I feel connected, peaceful and content.
I can create no matter how I feel. This is very helpful on days my joints ache and my muscles hurt and I feel very down. Just dabbling with my watercolors for a few minutes can ease the pain and frustration.
Whether life is overwhelming, stressful, depressing, painful or frustrating I can always turn to creating art to wash away the dust of everyday life to feel renewed and hopeful once again.
Wherever you are on your creative journey I hope you have found the personal gifts that art has for you. I would love to hear what they are! Please share your thoughts on art as a gift in the comments below.