“On this earth of ours where everything is subject to the passing of time, one thing only is both subject to time and yet victorious over it: the work of art.” Andre Malraux
Art is! The creator of a piece of art gives it its own life with its own intrinsic qualities. When one creates with conviction it will manifest itself in the directness of expression. How can one create a piece of work that speaks to the viewer if he does not know what he wants to say? Why do you create? What is it that you want to say? How are you going to say it? These are questions an artist must examine at some point.
The minute we make a mark on a paper it says something about us and our intention. The line might be bold, starting and stopping at defined points, thus showing decision of character. The line might be timid, dainty, wavering indefinite, showing an unsureness. It might be all angles, showing anger or a fierceness. It might be calm and careful, but determinedly drawn like the uniform waves of a calm sea. It might be an excited line, in which, no particular direction is taken, and exudes excitement. It might be an intelligent line; well thought out and clearly controlled. Whether these lines are intuitive or thought out, they tell a story.
When we paint, we show a bit of our soul. Where words fail, colors and strokes convey. Our deep-seated sub conscious comes to life. It is a way of connecting with our inner self. And, more often than not, we remain surprised with what we have done.
To make a mark on a canvas is to open the door of possibility to be moved profoundly and to move others. That is what painting is all about. That is the heart and soul of painting. In our expressions we realize and become who we are, because it is only through the effort of expressing that we clarify and make distinct who we are and who we are becoming.
Every artwork created with labor and love, speaks to the person who is meant for it. And when someone, after spending some time with it, and has connected with that which we have created, wants to buy it; does that not mean a lot to us as artists and validate us?
Art is! And it is a dialogue between the creator and the viewer, no matter what level we are at on our creative journey. So, what exactly is it that we want to say to our viewers? If this question is hard to answer, observe yourself. When you create intuitively, what is it that you are expressing? What did you learned about yourself through the process? How did that creative experience change you?
For me nature motivates my art. “I believe that the most authentic experience one can have is with nature. I am fascinated by the intricate designs that are created within the small space of one’s vision. The lines, forms, colors, and textures, of the natural elements, are what motivate my art. As an artist, I reach deep within myself to express an image inspired by nature, or man’s interaction with it, that will touch the viewer as it has me, or cause the viewer to go on and look more closely at the wonders that surround us.”
So, discover what moves you to create, and paint it with conviction!