Our Just Jot it January prompt today is the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt “ART”
What is art? Does art, like beauty, lie in the eye of the beholder? Apparently, it does. On a recent trip to an art museum, I saw a lot of paintings, sculptures and drawings that just made my mind go “hmmm, that’s art? My 4 year old great grandson does better work than that.” But, I turn around and ponder a somewhat obscure Monet. I can get lost in the flow and patterns and wander about in that painting for hours. I get art, but some art, I just don’t “get.” That’s OK. In fact it’s wonderful. It is those differences in what we see, what we like, what moves us and what we are moved to create that binds the entire creative galaxy together.
If art lies in the eye of the beholder, what makes one an artist? I want to be an artist, Superhubs says I already am. Not because I’m published or because I write, or draw, or craft or anything else. The title of ‘artist’ comes from the same creative wellspring as the art we create, deep inside ourselves. I am currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and she talks about having the courage to bring forth the work that lies hidden within us. I think that’s what an artist is, someone who is willing to put in the time and effort to bring forth the jewels of creativity that lie buried deep within each of us.
I could ramble on about art for weeks, it is a subject near and dear to my heart but that can be boring so I’m going to go have another cup of coffee.
Til next time ~Peace ~JPP