Why Our Art Matters


John Green made a fabulous video about artists and their work today using the metaphor of the world’s largest ball of paint. I let him tell the story:

He said we might put all our energy into painting that one layer, and making it the most beautiful, only for it to be painted over by others. In the end, our layer of paint did contribute to the size of the ball, to its magnificence. There will be people remembering how we painted that one layer. One day, they will be gone as well. The artwork remains.

As artists we spend a lot of time wondering about if it matters what we do. Certainly through the blog I have shared my work with more people than I would have ever imagined. But even this is temporary. At only a few years old I did a lot of arts and crafts. I loved that. I always glued pieces of paper together and drew on them. That was my art. It is probably tucked away in some box I will never find again. But it contributed to the ball of paint that is my life. Five years ago I started drawing portraits and I still have these first sketches in a binder. Another layer on the ball of paint. Now my artwork is a lot better than those old sketches. I have painted over the old layers. All this time invested contributed thin layers.

If we see our development as artists like that, no perceived failure will ever trouble us again. Because they are all just lumps and bumps in a layer of paint we will soon go over with another colour. We might decide that we don’t like this ball anymore and start a new one. We might glue some paper onto it. We might write some verses on it. But with everything we do, it grows. We grow.

We also spend some time discussing the inevitable question in our head: Are we really undiscovered geniuses or are we just normal human beings thinking too much? Can we really ever know? Is it important?

What do we want our art to do for ourselves? Do we want to be recognised in the streets for our artwork? Do we want to appear in fancy magazines? Do we want our art to sustain our lives? Or do we want to make people happy, make them think, bring them joy? Do we want to send a powerful message? When we pose these questions we will know what we expect from the world. What the world can expect from us.

A genius can work silently in their studio day after day, from dawn to dusk. A genius can get up at 4 in the morning to cram in some extra hours of painting before the day job, only to come home at night exhausted and tired. A genius can get up at 12, write for ten minutes, eat ice cream the whole day, and go to bed five hours later. A genius might have picked up ballet dancing at forty years old and be amazing, despite everything everyone ever told them. We are all geniuses in our own way. We make it work. We struggle through insecurities. Through self-hate. Through doubt. Through anger at ourselves and our equipment. At unsaved documents. At word counts that won’t grow. We will curse our writer’s block and the muse that has left us. We will curse ourselves most often. That is just part of the process. We go on anyway because we have to. We are artists.

Whatever you might want to create today, know, that it will count. It will count for your own development, your growth. It will count for the world. It will count for the large ball of paint that is our culture, and our common humanity. We have always created something to make life more beautiful. We have always used art as a means for communication, to express our wonder about the world. These are challenging times we live in – let your art tell the story of this time. Use it to create even more. Art is what connects us on a much deeper level and this connection is what we need right now. There is so much division, hate, and fear out there. Let’s work on the beautiful ball of paint together that is our planet Earth.

In which way are you an artist genius? Let’s have a little chat in the comments!

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Advent Calendar: 22nd


It’s not Christmas yet but I thought I could send a little wish to all of the Nerdfighters out there (and to everyone else, too of course 😀  )

Have a wonderful Christmas and DFTBA!

Lot of inside jokes and it took me ages to paint this with photoshop… But I did it, my first big digital artwork. It’s so great!!

 

nerdfighteriaand Hank Green retweeted it!!!! OMG, there are so many people who liked it and I’m freaking out a bit at the moment, it’s amazing…

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Advent Calendar: 15th


Today I drew Rosianna Halse Rojas for you. I got to know her as John Green’s assistant but when she hosted the Project for Awesome for some time, I discovered her channel. She’s an amazing woman, so inspiring, smart and powerful, speaks about topics that matter and things I can relate to.

https://www.youtube.com/rosianna

RosiannaIt makes me so so happy that she liked it 🙂

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Dodie Clark (Doddleoddle)


This sweet woman is Youtuber Dodie Clark, also known as Doddleoddle. She does covers of songs and also made some really amazing originial songs I love. (Listen to ‘Adored By Him’, it’s so beautiful!)

https://www.youtube.com/user/doddleoddle

And now I drew a portrait of her! These little flowers are too cute 🙂

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AAAAAnnnnnd she answered to me!!!!

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Tom Fletcher


New drawing!!! I had to colour a bit, I really missed that 🙂

Tom Fletcher is part of McFly and McBusted, has a beautiful talented wife and a really sweet son. His voice and songwriting is amazing, I especially like his videos of ‘Me and Mrs F’ in which they sing together.

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Carrie Hope Fletcher


Look at this sweetheart, I love her voice and what she’s talking about in her videos. And look at these adorable curls!!! carrie hope fletcher

She really liked my drawing which is wonderful and even posted it on her video today. Please have a look on that, she shows ways to overcome creative blocks.

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