"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso
I love making things. I like taking something, putting it with something else, and making something new. If you put me in a room with paints and an easel, I will paint. I randomly make whatever comes into my head in the moment. I took my niece to Build-A-Bear once and made a bear that I still have. I made a heart-shaped lavender box with Tweety on it with decoupage. I love all forms of art. Of course, my favorite art to make is writing. I like taking words and putting them together in ways you wouldn’t think of to use them in stories that you didn’t know needed to be told. I’ll tell you why. Here are 3 reasons why I love being a creator.
1. I have to express myself creatively.
I like to put things out there that haven’t been there before. Making something out of nothing, almost. What’s the point of life if you’re just doing the same old thing?
2. I love to connect with other people with something I've created.
If something I’ve made makes you feel something: joy, amusement, happiness. That’s great. If it pisses you off or annoys you. That’s okay, too. The best outcome is to make you think. To put something out there that resonates with you or makes you think of something in a new way. That’s my job as an artist.
3. The world needs art.
People need to think beyond their survival or their place in an afterlife. The whole point
of life is to live it. Feel it. Taste it. Smell it. Art either directly helps us to do that or gives us a reminder. It makes you see the infinite possibilities that are out there. It dares you to be outside of your box. Or maybe just create a new one.
Find the artist you once were.
Until next time... look behind and beyond the veil...
Sameena K. Mughal, Author, Freelance Writer