"Blue Eyed Innocence"
5 x 7 watercolor
Earlier this year I started refining my artist's statement. I like to write, and I think I can do a fair job at putting words together, but for some reason this was really hard! I really struggled to put into words why I paint.
And so I just wrote down whatever first came to mind about why I do what I do. Why do I paint people? Why do I paint horses? Why is it always full sunlight? What does it mean to me???
That's the big question isn't it? What does your art mean to you? Why do you create what you do?
Then this last week, for the first time since I'd written it down, I looked at my brief little artist's statement again to hand in to a gallery. This is it:
"I paint to express emotion: the emotion and expression of my subject and my reaction to it. I am drawn to bright sunlight and how it affects living subjects. There are so many moments in my life where I want to stop and capture the look on a loved one's face, the light of the sun in a horse's mane, or the feel of a little hand holding mine. I paint to help me remember how beautiful life is, and to help others feel the same."
Now, this is very simple and straightforward, but it was a true expression of why I feel so drawn to paint the subjects that I do, and why I make time to sit down every day and create art. To remember that my life is beautiful and good.
So, have you thought about this lately? Why do you paint?
And since it is Motivational Monday and all, here's a gem of a quote I found to get you feeling motivated to paint today (if for some reason you're just not feeling it):
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Zig Ziglar