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Sketchbook Tour #6. Charcoal, graphite, ball point pen, acrylic and gesso on paper. © 2019 David Limrite

“What moves people of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”
Eugene Delacroix, Artist

What Is Your “Why”?

Have you thought about this question recently? Or ever? It is still early enough in the new year to spend some time with this in order to help impact the quality of your art and art making this year.
Why do I make art?
Why am I an artist?
Is it because:

  • I was born to be an artist

  • It’s in my blood

  • It’s something I have always done (It’s what I do)

  • I love making stuff (I love the process)

  • It’s the only thing I am good at

  • It makes me happy

No. If I really think about it, these are not the real reasons I make art. They are good reasons, however, for me, they don’t go deep enough.
My “WHY’S” sound something like this:

  • Being an artist feeds my soul and keeps my heart pumping.

  • Making art allows me to express my thoughts, feelings and emotions about me and my relationship with the world.

  • Creating challenges me and gives me an opportunity to learn.

  • I make art to encourage, motivate and inspire others to be creative.

  • Being an artist (and a teacher and mentor) allows me to share and create connections.

Discovering your ‘WHY’S” can help you be a better artist and create better, more meaningful art. Who doesn’t want that?

What about you? What is your “why”?

Please share your thoughts if you feel comfortable doing so.




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