Why do people bother to make art in the first place?
Of course I can only answer truly for myself. But it seems that all of the artists I admire the most simply HAVE to create art.
If they don't they get all twitchy and out of balance. It's almost like an addiction!
And the most powerful art is the stuff that sort of creates itself. Art that is formed when the artist loses themselves in the work. Tapping into their subconscious perhaps.
That's certainly the case for me. My strongest pieces are those where hours of time can pass and I barely notice.
I constantly have to remind myself not to think about my work too much! Don't try to control it and don't fiddle!
It's not just painters either - all types of artists can experience this. Mick Hucknall from Simply Red spoke about this topic with painter Christian Hook on the current Sky Arts Painting programme.
'Painting..' is a fantastic series and well worth catching up on if you have Sky tv! The next one is on Sky Arts today at 8pm.
Of course I'm biased, but I believe that making art can enrich anyone's life. And you don't even have to be creating 'good' art to benefit!
The main point is to experience that feeling of losing yourself in the process. And of course to have fun. If you find yourself worrying about it too much, just blindfold yourself and paint with your left hand (if you are right handed). Then make a mess and see how it turns out!
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to tackle the question 'what is the purpose of art?'
See you then! Amy x
Amy Jobes, North Devon artist with a passion for the environment
"If you truely love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" - Van Gogh