If you've just been thinking about art, I am encouraging you right now to get it down on paper or canvas or whatever you need to put it on.
There's a purpose for your art. Once you put the creative process into action, amazing things happen to you, the creator, but let me tell you of another consequence.
When you make art, you create this extra gift:
INSPIRATION FOR OTHERS.
THE TWO SPECIAL DRAWINGS THAT HAVE STAYED WITH ME THROUGHOUT the YEARS
As a kid, I watched my mother make two drawings as she sat at our dining room table. It was usually in the afternoons, just before she'd make dinner.
One was of her three kids: Joe, my older brother, myself and Max, my baby brother.
The other drawing was of a sailboat scene on the Elbe. The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe and it passed Hamburg, Germany, the new city we were living in.
As a six year old I would observe how the drawings would progress, how she would use the eraser and the way she just kept working on it until it was finished.
I don't remember any other drawings, but these two made an impact on the way I thought about art. Creating art was fascinating, comforting and inspiring. Many childhood memories have faded, but I distinctly remember that peaceful scene of my mother drawing at the table. And because the drawings took a while to complete, the pictures became deeply embedded in my brain. They became part of my life.
i liked the simplicity of the scene:
She sat quietly at the table and began to draw.
My mother's drawing also helped me retain that memory of the day the picture of me and my siblings was taken.
It was in the Philippines. I was known as the slowest eater in my family and was still working on my lunch. Someone wanted to take a picture of us outside and I still had rice in my mouth. I stuffed the rice in my cheeks, so I could have a semi-decent smile. That time... running outside for our photograph, the rice and the white undershirt I was wearing - all those things come back when I look at the drawing.
"Thank you Mama for carving out time for yourself to draw. I was observing all that time. Your creativity became a crucial and inspiring piece of my art journey. " - Mic
WHEN YOUR CREATIVITY BECOMES A PART OF SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE
Anyone who shares their art with the world becomes an influencer. It's a very beautiful thing.
I've used my mother as an example, but I'm also inspired by others on a regular basis. The Orange Door artists who come and share their art with me, bless me in so many ways. I've heard stories on how their art gave others joy and wonderful memories.
Share your art. There are people who need to see it. You'll never know the impact it will create.
BIG PICTURE SUMMARY
If you start creating, a nice side effect will happen. Your creative process and art will become an inspiration to another human being. This might cause a series of other positive consequences. So if you have creating on your mind, go ahead and make it a reality on paper.
Remember...this is how you automatically become part of a much larger picture:
1. Create what is on your heart
2. Share it.
YOUR ONE ACTION STEP
Share a piece of your art this week! Email it to me, a trusted friend or family member. What were your experiences when you shared your art? Put it in the comments below.