I love the creative process. Any creative process! The idea that art is art because it takes an effort to visualize something and then put it out into the world. It is a mindset to be in where what is important becomes the art and rather than having to come up with things to create around the art creates itself.
What I mean by this is rather than forcing creativity to happen, it is better to document the creative process as it happens. As you get more skilled at documenting the creativity the process becomes the art. Just by living our lives we can be artful, and there is less effort that goes into being creative.
A creative… the creative process is as important as the art itself. The process is what makes the end result meaningful. If you have watched a painter slowly bring an image to life you can understand what I am talking about here. It is why Bob Ross flew into stardom! Rather than making his legacy just about the beautiful paintings he made, he showed the process and made it enjoyable as well.
Letting go of the curtain and showing how the art is made is part of the artistic process. This is what this blog is meant to be. I want to share what is going on in my own mind behind the images it could be so easy to hide behind. I hope that I have something valuable to share beyond just images because, without context, that feels quite hollow.
In order to be successful, there has to be something of meaning to what you are doing. A passion must exist for the subject, medium, and expression before the art can be good. Of course, you will also need some level of skill and dedication to the craft. This experience adds to it all though because even the developing of skill in the art can be good. You don’t have to be a master to create interesting art, but you do have to be passionate enough about what you do to be effectively communicated to the viewer.
Making your life artful and meaningful requires re-centering around this core idea that it can be art. Your life and your interests and your passions can be communicated through art. Just by living in a way that means something to you will give you subjects, a message, and passion for what you do end up creating. To stop living your life or cease trying to live a life that means something to you personally is the quickest way of creating bad or no art!