When I began this blog, I mentioned using your “artistic mind” to turn scraps into fine art. I’d like to circle back to artistic mind now, and write about art as a personal journey. It begins with unlocking your creative mind. To be an artist, you’ll need to give time to the right side of the brain, which is known to be more artistic and intuitive than the left side.
So many people come to me and tell me they can never be an artist because they say “can’t draw” or “have no creativity.” If I ask what they mean by that, most indicate they gave up art in childhood. I get that they think there is is a right way and a wrong way to draw anything, pointing to their gold fish picture or stick figures as proof that’s all they can do.
I think they just feel intimidated with art. Their minds are locked down thinking they’re bad at it. They need encouragement and practice. I tell them with practice, they may have amazing talent!
If you feel intimidated as well, try playing with some art scraps that inspire you. Find a safe place to practice and an art teacher to guide and encourage you. Find an art group and find your inspiration.
Here are some quotes from a short video I just finished on this topic of art as a heartfelt journey, called “What’s Important About Art.” The key quotes are below:
On Art Today:
There’s a lot of people copying other artists. And a lot of people who don’t really follow their heart, and they go off. They go off to cold “other-ways”.
My Advice to Others:
The important thing about art is to follow your own heart, and to really bring out what the image is inside of you that has been dying to come out. You get really, really busy and you get really almost distracted by other people’s images or by other things in the process of getting there. But maybe after 20 years you start realizing what it is that you’re trying to say through your art….
It’s not just a sentimental dream. You know there’s something real inside you that only you feel, that’s your vision. Or that’s my vision that’s real strong and it comes out the more you let it come out. Its something you’re giving the world”
On My Paintings:
For me, I am trying to say something peaceful and giving and loving. My paintings of people have become more tender and soft because of that. Although I am trying to draw out some inner beauty in life and I also really, really enjoy beautiful colors.
I usually concentrate on sculpting faces, but I try to do the
whole picture art once, just like my art teachers taught me.
For more, see my video, “The Important Thing About Art“, now available on YouTube.