The Value of Art To Me…

I keep a watercolor pad and sundry supplies in my coffee table hiding spot for the moments that I desire to create something but I’m not quite ready to head upstairs for a more serious attempt. In my studio, I am surrounded by my canvas, brushes, and paints, the space where I create provides an atmosphere that cultivates my inspiration and creativity. Therefore, the art that emerges in this dedicated space takes on a unique level of depth and meaning.

Art, for me, is not just a hobby or a way to pass the time. It is a fundamental part of who I am. It allows me to express thoughts, emotions, and ideas in a way that my words alone cannot capture. Whether it’s through bold color or delicate and intricate details, each piece I create carries a piece of my soul.

The act of creating art is, in itself, a therapeutic journey. It provides an escape from everyday life, allowing me to enter a state of flow where time stills or disappears. In these moments, I am completely present, focusing solely on the strokes of the brush and the interplay of colors on the canvas. It is my form of meditation, a way to quiet the noise and to find solace in the creative process.

But as much as most of us artists would like, art is not just a solitary endeavor. Art has the power to connect people across many boundaries, to evoke emotions, and to spark conversations. When I share my art with others, I hope to inspire, to make them pause and to see the world through a different lens. Art has the ability to transcend walls and bring people together, foster empathy and understanding in a way that few other mediums can.

So, I am working hard to reconnect and continue once again to nurture that artistic spirit, both in the casual moments at my coffee table and in the dedicated space of my studio. By allowing my creativity to flow freely, I am not only nurturing my mental health but also staying true to the very essence of who I am. Art is not just something I do; it is an integral part of my identity, and I am grateful every day for the ability to create something that resonates with others on a profound level.

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”
Cézanne describes emotion as a necessary element involved in the creation of art. By using the term “art,”, Cézanne broadens the topic beyond just painting, although he was a very famous painter. Instead, he includes all forms of creative genius. If they all draw from the same well, it must be deep water made of intense feelings, as light and dark as the end results.

Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne

Until next time,