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The Joy of Rediscovering

I know I have a lot of “stuff” in my studio.  I think having lots of choices is important.  It could be that one perfect thing in your wide array of things that makes your work cross over to great from good.  Plus, it prevents that frustration when you know exactly what little bead or brooch or string of pearls or piece of glass or bauble the art is asking for and you don’t have it.  That plagues me because nothing can substitute for what you have in your head at that moment.

The best part of having a lot of stuff is when you momentarily forget what you have or where you put it and then you go to get something and the wonderful thing you forgot you had magically shows itself.  Isn’t that the best feeling??  “Wow, I forgot I had this and its perfect for what I need right now!”  Rediscovering is what I call it.  You love it when you acquire it, it gets stashed among your other stuff, you forget about it, and then, joy of joys, there it is and you love it all over again!

Why Do We Do It?

I have been searching for the reason I have this new found urge to create art, having never done it to this degree until recently.  I’ve read many artist statements in which artists have expressed the deep meaning behind their art, or the deep rooted reasons they make the art they make. Until now, the only thing I’ve come up with is that I make art to make the people who see it happy.  I like whimsy and bright colors and joyful happy art.  But, when I read an article by Isadora Paz Lopez about her reason for making art, I Identified strongly with what she said.  

“Two of the principal energies that move my life are art and love. Art is the expression of my spirit, what I try to give and love is the necessity of my heart, what I try to get. It is not just the money I get paid for my work, it is also the love and gratitude I receive from people. That is food for my ego, but mainly, it is love healing my heart.”

This captures it for me, too.  Artists, no matter how confident or even arrogant they appear, are often in search of some kind of healing.  Some part of them needs the validation, the accolades, the love they get when their art is applauded, cherished, appreciated, welcomed into someone elses life.  It is a salve for what ails us. That’s why we do it.