Why Do you Make Art is an article originally appearing in Fine Art Views by Lori Woodward. It appears here with Lori’s permission. While this great article is focused on painting, it equally applies to wood carving/sculpture. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Why Do YOU Make Art by Lori Woodward
I’ve been re-reading some of my collection of books by Seth Godin. He’s the kind of author that writes about topics that make you think about the essentials of your existence and not just the “what?” and the “how?” of your work, but the “WHY?” More than a decade ago, Seth revolutionized the way the world markets products by writing about “permission marketing”. Not that the concept didn’t exist, but Seth pushed it to the forefront, and in my opinion, changed the world.
For the last week or so, I’ve been pondering a new series for blogs on Fine Art Views. My goal, as always, is to feed my fellow artists with encouragement, useful information, and sometimes… the plain hard truth about being a professional artist. Today, I’ll begin that new series and I can’t say just what path it will ultimately take because these articles are loosely defined in my mind. If I write a “set in stone” outline now, it will not lead to sharing the best of what I have. Just like my art career goals, my writing paths need to stay somewhat fluid in order to take advantage of opportunities or ideas that crop up along the way.
Sometimes the most meaningful things are those that are not necessary. Is a sunset necessary? Can plants synthesize food with chlorophyll without the sunset’s beautiful array of colors? Can we get vitamin D in our skin without a rainbow? Yes, life would go on. But things like sunsets and rainbows are meaningful in a way that goes beyond our basic needs. These are the things that make pleasurable, vivid memories.
Art is special, it’s like whipped cream on warm chocolate pudding. It’s not essential, but what would life be like without it? Art, in all forms – music, paintings, dance, athletics, makes daily life palatable.
Lori Woodward is a regular contributing writer for FineArtViews, an art marketing newsletter . She is also a contributing editor for American Artist’s Watercolor and Workshop magazines and she writes “The Artist’s Life” blog on American Artists’ Forum. Lori is a member of The Putney Painters, an invitational group that paints under the direction of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.
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Keep sharp and be carveful!