Thursday, March 26, 2009
The First Question
Messenger 6 x 6 collage by Leslie Avon Miller, collection of Kathleen Botsford
This is my answer to the First Question: What is it that you get back from your art?
My art gives me something to strive for; being the best artist I can be. My art gives me something to ponder; what am I saying with my art? My art gives me technical problems to solve. My art allows me grow as a person. My art allows me to express myself in the world. My art makes me feel truly alive. My art compels me to get up early and work hard. My art gives me compassion for myself and others. My art gives me humility. And one artistic expression has lead to another, which is a gift I did not anticipate. My art has been a connection to many other like minded people. My art keeps me connected to the sacred. My art is a deep part of the meaning I experience in life. My art allows me to express my passion; for life, for art, for the process of being alive. My art lets me claim myself. My art piques my sense of wonder and curiosity. My art is something that is all mine and as such really says “I am here. And I love being alive.” My creativity allows me to accept myself, and be appreciative, instead of looking around and saying “if only I could have what she has.” My art lets me take my creativity seriously and makes me take myself lightly. And it is just so much fun!
I am going to a workshop this weekend, and will be able to check my blog for comments. Early next week, I will post a synthesis of your answers to the First Question. If you have posted answers at your blog, or you have not yet connected with me and want to, please let me know. The artists that have written or spoken with me have been thoughtful and fun to talk with. Most have reported gaining some insight into their own process. And the interesting thing is that the insights continue after the call or email. Once you open up a dialog with yourself about your art, you find your art has a lot to say to you!