Why do you create? Why do you make the art you make? What fuels your art? What's the purpose in all of it? Do you ever ask yourself these questions?
Finding Your Creative Purpose: Nurturing the Artistic Spark Within
These are things I ponder often. Sometimes I lose my focus, and I have to revisit my 'Why.' Maybe you're still in search of your creative purpose, and that's ok. Your 'why' often resides within the things that light up your soul. So what is it that brings you joy?
I've tried making every kind of art and craft under the sun. Everybody's making repeat patterns...hurry learn how. Floral is always a seller...draw flowers. Flat is in...heavy texture is out...change your style. Any of these sound familiar? At times, I've chased the trends hoping to be discovered or make sales, but those ventures are short-lived. Nothing wrong with it--it's just not my why. Sales may be the reason you create, and that's completely valid! Maybe, instead, yours is outlet to get away from the world for a little while--equally legitimate. No one else needs to dictate why you create. Take it as a gift from God and enjoy it!
Embrace the Artistic Journey
It's a journey, so you might as well enjoy it. Boy, do I need that reminder! The adventure is in the trip--not in the final destination. Create art for the sake of creating. When you take your eyes off the outcome, you'll likely find yourself moving to that lofty artistic goal faster than if you'd tried to make it happen!
Remember, your 'why' isn't set in stone, either. It's a part of you that grows and changes as you do. Don't be afraid to refine or redefine your 'why' as you make the journey.
What Drives My Why
Mine is simple--to create art with such joy that it's infectious, to warm hearts and lift spirits, and most of all to share Jesus...and to paint chickens in stylish glasses.
Now, I'd love to hear from you. What fuels your artistic fire? What compels you to create? Join the conversation and share your unique artistic purpose, and let's get moving on this creative journey!
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