Reason #4 Why the World Needs You to be an Artist: The World needs daily doses of beauty, everywhere and in everything.
Today I am continuing my series diving more deeply into my list:
The Top 17 Reasons Why the World
Needs You to be an Artist
Beauty can be a loaded topic.
We all crave it. We question it. We fear it. We desire it.
Beauty is often considered something closely linked with desire. Desire of love or passion.
But we know that beauty is more than just skin deep.
We know that there are moments that are beautiful.
Actions that are beautiful.
Beauty can be found in instances where we are lifted up or encouraged.
Beauty isn't just about "pretty things" or creating a facade.
Sure, we try to take care of ourselves and our belongings. But you know what I am getting at here.
There is quite a lot in this world that is unlovely. So when we fill that space of desperation or lack of hope with compassion through an action or a gift. Through community and forgiveness. We are giving some daily doses of beauty.
When I was a new art school grad, I struggled with a lot of guilt about my chosen path. I had such a heart for others, but I had chosen this seemingly selfish path in some ways. I worked alone in my studio to make this stuff that no one actually needed to survive right?!
So for a long time I struggled and thought about all these ways I can serve and do good in the world. I didn't want to be selfish and self-serving and a weirdo loner who didn't care about anybody else, just me and my art.
How sad that was the idea stuck in my head of what living an artistic life would be like!
I see now the flaw in that type of thinking and the importance of the beauty that I offer.
We could have blank cinder block walls OR we could paint interesting murals on them. We could all wear white t-shirts and never smile. But quite frankly, that is not the best we can do! Yes, our lips were made to curve up at the edges into smiles and there are so many colors to enjoy.
We were made for experiencing beauty.
We were made for giving and receiving beauty.
I am friends with a number of mural artists. One thing we do is notice blank walls anywhere we go. Big walls. Walls that would be a challenge to paint. Walls that would be fun to paint. Walls that would impact the community if we painted them. Blank walls can be kinda boring if we left them all that way.
That is why , when we see a blank wall, we see an opportunity to bring some beauty.
If you find a space, a need, a gap, a need for beauty, instead of focusing on the negative, fill it with your art instead.
Is your art organizing?
Is your art fund raising?
Is your art campaigning for a cause?
Is your art collecting blankets to donate?
Is your art preparing delicious food?
Is your art encouraging others?
Is your art singing?
Is your art your sense of humor that lifts others up?
Make it, do it, give it, receive it, live it....
The world needs daily doses of beauty, everywhere and in everything.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this idea of beauty,
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