i was talking with a friend who is a wonderful artist and she said she hasn't been making art. she's been spending all of her time redoing her back yard. then we started talking about what constitutes making art. gardens definitely do. I spent years gardening and doing needlepoint and cooking before I ever had the nerve to try to draw or paint. I took my first non photography art class at 40.
photography, gardening, needlepoint, etc taught me a lot about composition and color theory. one of the beautiful things about making art is that there's always more to learn. once the rules are understood how to break them to the best effect? which medium is best to communicate my thoughts?
what is art anyway?
instagram and facebook lead to so many photos shared- yet the good still speak, composition and technical ability still elevate basic to great. it's often "here I am!, this is what I see!" i'm sooooo guilty of this-
i hope it's a different look, but i'm not always successful.
sometimes i see and capture something unique-
which may or may not touch someone/be considered "art"
drawing is pretty universally considered art- if "serious" and "good enough".
I have been fortunate enough to be introduced to art journaling, which has helped me practice drawing and document my travels
in a very different, more personal and intimate way than with my camera, tho i still hope to share a different view through that lens.
at the end of the day, it's all about communication. sharing my world- which may be (very likely will be) interpreted in a completely different way by someone seeing my images- but if the art touches them, who cares? that's what it's really about for me- that something i created impacted another person. that is pretty amazing.
art is communication, sharing, thought. it's more than decorative, it's interactive. there is art that breaks every "rule" and still takes my breath away. there's art that follows every "rule" and leaves me cold. what touches me may not touch someone else. it's individual and subjective so wonderful because of that.
it's the spirit and life in a piece of art that matters- whether it speaks and moves people, not whether a thing is perfectly drawn. that's what i strive for- the connection.