You know that feeling you get right after creating something beautiful? It might be a painting. It might be a pie. It doesn’t really matter what outlet you choose, so long as you embrace that feeling that comes immediately afterwards — the pride and satisfaction of stepping back to admire something that would not have existed if you didn’t make it.
I’ve been interested in art my whole life. Every time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always told them I’d become an artist. But as a child, I didn’t realize that art can come in many forms.
Music is art.
Cooking is art.
Writing is art.
CREATING IS ART.
When that realization hit me, I knew that writing was the outlet for me. Words became my secret sanctuary, and as I started facing more grown-up issues, the journals started filling up.
For me, there is not a major life event that doesn’t have a poem attached to it, and I’ve been able to collect those pages like tactile moments—reminders of lessons learned or permission to forgive. It’s a personal therapy, of sorts, and it’s important. So important, in fact, that people have always found time to create, no matter how ancient or simple their society.
While creations often served some practical purpose (whether it was a hunting camouflage or a ritual for bountiful harvest) functionality did not overshadow creative expression or exclude the symbols and etchings of decoration and storytelling. We, as makers, understand that our ancestors left their mark, they left a story behind for a future someone to find and embrace. A legacy. Proof that “I was here.”
Art that is grounded in tradition can have a different feeling than something imagined just moments before, admiring them comes with its own wonderful sensation — a reverence for the history and hands behind it.
Artwork is a tool to set the mood of each room—quiet reflection or productive energy. A piece that’s rooted in ancient times set against a more modern design can help strike a balance between intense energy and slow traditions.
Paint Your Own Animals
Transform your inspiration into something tactile by decorating an animal with a whimsical design. Makers use natural cassava flour in the papier-mâché that gives these animals their shape. Use your choice of colored pencils, markers or paints. Water-soluble paints can be washed off so you can decorate your animal again and again.