Creating a piece of art requires disciple, determination, and time. It’s so much more than just a pretty picture, it’s an expression of mind and body, and represents the artist’s personality and soul.

The beautiful thing about art is that it’s translingual; the passion and expression represented in a piece can be understood by different people in different continents. Art is a networking phenomena, and a potential we must grasp.

“Art is subjective, and true creativity sparks discussion and sometimes disagreement.”

Creating a piece of art and sharing it is one of the highest forms of affection. You have taken a very personal part of yourself, a segment of your soul, and put it to paper to share with someone else. Through sharing our art, we learn about one another; because of this art can bring two people together, from two opposite sides of the Earth, from two completely different cultures, and connect them.

That is but one power of art. In other instances art inspires us, and this inspiration can spark much more than a traditional creative idea. Some art can help you overcome a problem in real life by presenting a different viewpoint. Take this piece of artwork by Stephen Bonser:

This is a very poignant piece. Everything has been perfectly crafted in order to tackle a very difficult subject, self-harm; from the finger growing from the shadow of the scalpel, to the stark background giving a sense of emptiness and loneliness.

Just seeing this piece sparks thoughts and questions around the issue. For someone who self-harms it could help them connect with others who suffer, and create a network of people helping and supporting one another.

What motivates people to create art?

People create art for many reasons: fame, money, leisure, expression. Commonly, people become downcast if their art isn’t receiving the attention, or sales, they believe it deserves. If your artwork is all about monetary gain, and you receive little enjoyment from creating it, or don’t use it as a means to connect with people and grow as an individual, then you have to ask yourself: “Why am I doing it?”

Ultimately you should create art for your own benefit. Use it to learn about different cultures, make new friends, and express yourself in a way words cannot. Artists who are willing to put themselves forward in light of judgement will inevitably earn themselves lifelong friends.

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