What is art, creativity, and inspiration?

I love this quote by John W. Gardner; “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” This is at the corner stone of art. The artist can’t be afraid to make mistakes. Sometimes the best art is created by mistake or is not what the artist originally envisioned their piece being. We must not fear failure but rather embrace it. Our first draft is not our last draft. Art and life is intertwined. Without life, art wouldn’t exist. Without art, life wouldn’t exist. Art creates visual interest in our lives. Its the color of our lives.Crayons.JPG

What is art? There are a lot of different definitions for this question. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination typically in a visual form. Art gives us a way to express ourselves and to be creative. Art surrounds us in our daily lives- every day objects were designed and created by someone. Art is something both functionally and hopefully aesthetically pleasing as well. Can we merely say art is subjective or in a constant state of change. Art is about form and content. Art is a diverse range of human activities. Art serves a range of functions.Y-07DIARY-tmagArticle.jpg

What is creativity? Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas especially in producing an artistic work. Creativity is turning new ideas into reality. Creativity requires passion and commitment.

What is inspiration? The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. It is important to look outside our normal places of inspiration.

Pablo Picasso talks about the differences that emerges within art in the following quotation; “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” Art is about imagination and the artist’s ability to communicate a message or their meaning to the viewer.

You might be asking what types of art will we discuss here on this blog?

It will range from fine arts, visual arts, decorative arts, applied arts, and crafts.

  • We will look at local or regional artists and their art pieces
  • The ‘Masters’ and more widely known artists from around the world
  • Drawings and paintings using a variety of mediums
  • Folk Art
  • Graffiti
  • Photography
  • Art and color in nature- flowers
  • Graphic art such as cartoons
  • Installations using 2-D and 3-D materials
  • Printmaking
  • Architecture
  • Mosiacs
  • Pottery and sculpture
  • Fashion
  • Textiles which can include crochet, embroidery, tapestries, quilting, and weaving.
  • Jewelery
  • Metal work
  • Stained glass and glass blowing
  • Wood carving, leather work, and basket weaving.
  • ‘Found’ art or outsider art
  • Furniture and interior design
  • Art terminology and how to discuss and critique art