“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw
I lost my best friend to breast cancer in 2000. The first and only time she yelled at me was when I was at her home, looking at the watercolors she had painted lately. I looked at them, sighed, and said, “I WISH I could paint like this!” She looked at me, anger sparking from her eyes, and snapped, “Then what the HELL are you waiting for? You’re not dying. You have your whole life ahead of you! What does it matter whether your work never makes it off the front of your refrigerator? JUST DO IT!”
In 2000 I started my website, Creative Artworks! At first it had only my own work, and then I discovered I could add other people’s work to the site and the only extra “cost” was my time. Since then, I’ve met gloriously talented people – some of them becoming close friends, even though I’ve never met them face-t0-face. How rich my life is now!
“Without freedom, no art; only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.” Albert Camus
I’m fascinated by art. Some of it only impresses me by the subject or the obvious talent of the artist. But SOME art GRABS me. I’m grabbed emotionally by the subject, the colors, or the texture.
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” George Bernard Shaw
“When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.” Pablo Picasso
“Poppies” Two Painting Set
My husband and I were in a furniture store, looking for what my husband calls ‘froo-froos.” I saw many nice things, but nothing I HAD to have. When I turned the corner in the store, my blood rushed all over my body. I had a fierce feeling of elation! Before me was the two painting set you see above. I stood motionless, simply lost in the paintings. Needless to say, we bought them and had JUST enough room (with only a couple of inches to spare) to hang these over the sofa. Every time I pass them, my heart smiles.
“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” Robert Schumann
“The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon
My goal is to fill my home with art. Unless I win the lottery, I must pick and choose with care – choosing only those things that give me joy every time I see them. It’s a quality of life issue. Since I cannot buy all the art I would like, I also try to create art – even if it’s mainly in ‘crafts’ form, rather than ‘fine art.’ Happily, I derive a lot of joy from hand painting stationery and note cards, etching or painting a glass vase, creating a piece of stained glass or metal yard art with my husband.
I hope you, too, find a way to surround yourself with sights and sounds that transport you from the worries of the every day into the beauty of the ‘could be.’ :0)
10 responses to “Why Art?”
I enjoyed your stories and quotes. I visited your website and enjoyed my time there too!
Hi, Brett. Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories and quotes, and I’m delighted you visited my website! You’ve made my day. Thank you!
This is a very powerful story and one which resonates for me. I transformed my life through creativity after recovering from two years of breast cancer treatments. Creative expression is the pillar of my recovery and it sustains my healing. Love your intent, here, beautiful web site. Thank you!
Thanks so much for writing, Anne. You made my day with your kind words. I’m so glad that you’re finding joy through art. Long may you wave! :0)
I speak for both my mother and I when I say that creating has been a huge part of our lives, and I cannot think of a life without it. I am grateful that I can appreciate it and create it at the same time.
Your family has been rich with your love of, and ability to create, art. I can’t think of a life without it, either. I would love to see your work!
Thank you! I am in transition with a new look for my pottery. BUT when I reach a point of “happiness” I will remember your offer.
Alexis (Solopress II)
Ooh, I’m drooling just thinking about it. I love pottery! I can’t wait.
What a fantastic best friend! I’m glad that she ignited that spark in you, thus allowing others to enjoy your pieces! You have a fantastic blog, are an amazing artist, and I look forward to delving further into your blog world! It’s great to meet you!
I feel so lucky to have known Debbye, Krista. I’m sorry that she didn’t have a longer time here with us, but I feel her looking down on me from time to time, cheering me on, particularly when I’ve stuck my neck out. :0) At her funeral, there were two large baskets of daffodil bulbs at the doorway. We were encouraged to take some and plant them, giving us an annual reminder of our joy in knowing her. Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot. I’ll look forward to getting to know you better.