The Most Important Question

by lesley // posted on Jan 9, 2017

Art is timeless.  It communicates with us on a deeper level and is integral to human nature.  It speaks to us in a way that bypasses our "thinking brain" traveling directly to the "feeling brain"...not unlike music, prose, poetry, sculpture and dance.

Imagine standing before a piece of artwork you love.  Your response is visceral.  BUT THEN...the intellect kicks in.  A dialogue starts in your head and goes something like this: "What will my friends think?"  "Where would I hang it?"  What would an art critic say?"  "Is this 'good' art?"  "Can I afford it?"  "Is the artist well known or on the rise?" "Will it increase in value?"

"DO I LOVE IT?"  This is the fundamental question.  If you can answer with a definitive 'yes', the other questions are moot. 

Whatever grabbed you and wouldn't let go...before the intellect was that.

There's nothing like having things in your living environment that bring you repeated joy.  Days may pass without noticing, then suddenly, there it is.  You feel as though you're seeing it for the first time.  You discover something you hadn't noticed before.  Re-experiencing the initial connection, the "something" that pulled you in and continues to do so, is worth so much more than the opinion of others.  There's no currency to measure the value of the pleasure it provides. 

If you respond with a resounding "Yes!" to the question: "DO I LOVE IT?", you will find a place for it and be forever grateful that you did.

"Art transcends all human boundaries.  It is a gift of almost inexplicable, magical energy.  When our hearts, through our senses, are touched by art, our lives are enhanced."  - Richard MacDonald, Sculptor

May this be the year that you discover your first (or another) one-of-a-kind piece of art that adds joy to your life.

That's one of the many rewards of being able to create - bringing pleasure to others. It is such a good feeling when someone appreciates your work and lets you know. Just toss the word 'hobby' from your're an artist.

So glad you take the time to write such a good blog. You are well written and I envy that. However this particular post really spoke to me. Since I have these little niggly voices telling me......What are you going to do with all this Art. ...Where you are you going to put it all...Is this what a particular show wants... Recently I had a buyer tell me how she loved this painting she bought as she spoke about it. I couldn't help but shiver in pleasure joining her in her zest. It certainly cemented my career path even if it is more or less a hobby. P.S I hate that word

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