I was in the studio putting the finishing touches on my crafts for a show tomorrow. It was warm and I wasn’t really feeling it. I packed up my items and was going to head out when I decided to close my eyes for a few minutes. Maybe it was the heat, maybe simply searching for a spark of something…anything. Upon opening my eyes, there was the blank white canvas–silently calling for color. I slowly opened a bin of acrylics and it was though magic (or something divine) intervened because the pile of colors, the perfect colors, just appeared there together. Brush Strokes!
While I call myself an artist, I have never used the title of painter. I don’t feel I have earned that yet. I’ve never taken a class unless endless YouTube videos count. I need a lot of practice before I would accept that title. Artist though, is a beautiful word. It encompasses any creative medium and it doesn’t really care if you are a novice or have been working at your craft for 50 years. An artist is a painter, a writer, a craft maker, a poet, an actor. One can work with oils, acrylics, pen & ink or laptop. Your canvas can be standard or the side of a building. Someone can write a song, a poem, a novel, a letter. You can sculpt, mold, pour, or splatter. The world is a canvas and the colors, mediums and outlets are endless.
Brush Strokes. They both calm me and ignite a passionate spark in my soul. Mesmerized by the visual of the brush guiding through the paint; sleek, silky, satiny. The colors disturbed as they blend together–a mix of fire & fury, tranquility and serenity. Although most of my creations end up sold and out of my color-stained hands, this is my self-care.
I enter this world blindly at times, frustrated that I can’t “see” an end result. Wait…wait for it. There it is, a spark, a wickedly good color combination, the right words, the right notes, the right…everything! When it all comes together so perfectly, it’s almost a high. You might even say sensual or sexy. I wonder if other artists feel this way. If you would like to share how creativity moves you, please leave a comment. The painting also needs a title so I’m open to suggestions!