In this season of many holidays that celebrate light in the darkness, how about bringing light to your own work as an artist! Botanical art is sometimes looked at as 'just' an illustrator's work, as if anyone could do it for $x/hour. Yet we know the dedication, excitement, perseverance, joy, struggle, talent and so many more factors that go into creating our art, regardless of its uses, either in science or in fine art, it's all art! Perhaps if we had more support as artists, that is, we gave ourselves more time to think of art and the process of art, then we could view what we do as full-on art. Art for science. Art for exploration. Art for education. Art for joy.
Here's an easy way to peer into the heart of art. BrainPickings This website is free, intensely researched, beautifully put together, and brings new insights into art with each week. Books from so many authors and artists are discussed in depth, and are creative fodder for each of us. For example, this week's offerings include:
Leonardo's Brain: What a Posthumous Brian Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals About the Source of DaVinci's Creativity, by Leonard Shlain.
Hugh MacLeod on Setting Boundaries
And here's another offering to your creative self, Bad at Sports. Based on the sometimes flippant response when an artist is asked why he or she went into art, and responds, "Well, I was bad at sports so...". And yet we know, art takes courage, being creative takes belief in one's self. So, check this out for good stories and support.
Or you can check into a lot of blogs at Contemporary Art Blogs. This aggregator has it's fingers in so many pies, you will be sure to find a flavor that you love.
I guess the gift we give ourselves is belief. Belief that what we do is art. That why we do it matters! The world needs artists, because we combine logic and creativity. We see things a little differently. We open doors for others to find their bliss.
Happy Holidays! Keep creating, and your blog will keep on bringing news, education and joy.