The secret of meaningful art
What is your favorite piece of art that you have ever made? Is it that beautiful painting that stretches across a wall full of bright colors and full of an abstract meaning? Is it that sculpture that took you years to finish and reflects your emotions? Or is it that little sketch in your notebook that you haven't shown anyone but is important because of how you felt while drawing it?
No matter what, that art has meaning. It may be a simple meaning, you were sad, or happy or thinking about something random when you made it.
But that's the thing, you made it. And that is what makes it meaningful.
There is this concept that art has to be amazing, brilliant and meaningful. That there has to be some deeper, world-changing meaning behind every brushstroke. Some art teachers perpetuate this idea by denying the quality of art that is not meaningful, saying that it is not art unless you have some deeper meaning to it.
Well I don't believe that.
Do you know what the definition of art is? It is an expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. And to me that means that as long as you make something, anything that you look at and can think, I made that and I think it's wonderful, then guess what, you made art.
Art is a chance for us to have fun, to look at the world around us, or within ourselves and make it tangible. You may make art for a living, selling your paintings or sculptures so that you can have a roof over your head and food on the table. And that is amazing. It means that you love your work so much that you can keep doing it despite the doubts the world may have. And I am so proud of you, to find something you love so much and be able to turn it into your livelihood. Not everyone has that chance.
But don't ever forget why you started. Whether you began making art because it was fun, you needed an emotional outlet or you just loved to draw. That reason for starting was the beginning of who you are now. And it is important.
So if you want to sit down and draw something just because, because you like the color scheme or the style, then do it. Because a masterpiece is something that is a reflection of you.
If you want to make a million sketches of Pokemon, then do it. If your creations are full of imaginary creatures, that's amazing. Your art is a reflection of you, it is something that you do because you enjoy it and that is all that matters.
That's not to say that you should completely disregard you audience. Your audience and what they are looking for is just as important. So don't be afraid to put your audience into your art work as well.
But remember, in the end, your art is something that you are making, it is something that you put your time into and your heart and soul.
And if you want to make something that is meaningful and world changing, with some deeper abstract concept woven into every mark, then do it and be ready to change the world.
Just remember to never be afraid to create.
The Adventuring Artist
Do you put meaning behind you art work? Is it social, emotional or personal? How do you decide which pieces to sell and what not to? Let me know in the comments!
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