Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Art

I am joining the folks at Blogging from A to Z for the third year in a row. The challenge is to blog six days of the week, using consecutive letters of the alphabet for each post.

Sure, Art is an obvious choice for me. I thought about  writing (ranting) about apathy. I've done that topic in the past and the only people who enjoy those posts are others who like to rant about apathy. The apathetic just don't care. I pondered agapanthus and Achilles. I thought, "You can't write about art, you silly self-serving wench!" Oh, but I can.

I want to write about art, not because I want to tell people to learn to do it, or find a passion for it or... blah blah blah. I just want folks to appreciate art for what it is. Art is nothing at all but self-expression. That makes every cognitive creature on earth an artist. It doesn't matter whether you're baking cupcakes, writing stories, doing open heart surgery, painting, being a mother, singing, gardening, or what. It just doesn't matter. If you think - if you create anything, you're an artist.

What you do might be appreciated by others or it might not be. As a writer and an artist, I've learned that what others see doesn't really matter. Yes, it's nice if they connect on some level, nicer still if they actually like what you've done. However, ultimately, it's about how you felt doing whatever it is you did. It's about the soul-stirring that occurs when you indulge yourself in that thing. It is that, and nothing more.

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can."
~Neil Gaiman

Your voice, however that voice is made manifest, is your art. Nobody else can say what you have to say. So, please... say it in whatever way you choose. Be an artist.

12 comments:

  1. Loved this. Art is beautiful. I checked out some of your stuff and you are quite talented. Thanks for the inspiration today.

    http://www.m5carolin.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Megan! And thanks for stopping by!!

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  2. Art-iculate.....nicely done, Barb! And I couldn't agree more....soul-stirring creations, whether anyone likes them or sees them...is the perfect definitions for me as an artist. Thanks for blogging and creating!

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  3. Love the post. The art work is beautiful!

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  4. Great post! did you create that art?? I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Erika. Yes, I did - all mine, all original. :-)

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  5. Nice beginning - wish I could get started!

    You and your art are a gift! Do artists have groupies? If so, I am ALL over that!

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    1. Thanks, Ms. C! I wish you would get started too.

      Groupies are allowed so long as they bring the absinthe. :-)

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  6. Good to see you back with us for another April Challenge. The artwork is stunning.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks, Arlee. Good to be back for another go 'round!

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