Why Should We Create ART?

I have always wanted to create art!  Ever since I can remember, when there was a holiday I ALWAYS wanted to make something and give it!  Hence, here I am 40 years later, a fine artist:-). 

There was always something inside of me pushing me to express and be creative... I went to typical school, always took art and loved, but nothing more.  I remember as a kid taking guitar lessons and it really came easy to me (I believe I was remembering), I caught on immediately and loved it, but then, the money got tight and it ended, but I always had a longing to play and learn (.which to do now)

When it came time to choose a career, I thought - I want to travel, and I loved sports, so I chose a school where I could play field hockey and get a geography degree and a concentration in travel / tourism.  I thought I was all set, but then I spent a year with Pam Am, at Logan Int'l airport making bare minimum.  I finally could not handle the hours, the forced overtime or the pay rate... So I jumped!

With no real guidance, I went for the money and ended up in customer service for a nursing company, for a disheartening  5 long years.  I ended that and went to work in sales which I loved, because I am an extrovert, and love to travel, even though it was local and only in my car, I was happy... for a short time... In that job I won some sales awards and I started to read self-improvement books, my eyes were wide open, that is where I blossomed and started to remember what I once loved, ART!

I dove into a program with Tony Robbins called, a tape a day for 30 days, one of the goals I wrote down was a card business with good quotes... because I could never find exactly what I wanted.  And today, I create every day doing what I love! 

So back to my point subject - Why Create Art?  Because if I had dove into art earlier in my life and stuck to it, I would have...

-Saved a whole bunch of time

-I would have fed my soul

-I would have remembered my 1st love

-Clarity in listen to God

-Had more fun

-Realized my passion

By creating art, I am sure, opened up my mind to more possibilities - it's really about allowing the soul to breath, play and have fun!  Picasso said, "We are all born artists, the challenge is to remain an artist".  SOSOSO true, you can't even believe how many people say to me, "I am not an artist... Bla Bla Bla... I just smile and invite them to create with me!

There are two scriptures that come to mind when I think of destiny: 

"For I know the plans I have for you,'' says the Lord, '' Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeramiah 29:11

"Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." PS 139:16

I recently came across an artist, Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote a letter to a high school english class, here is his response. 

Paul Hyde - English Teacher
In 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond - and his response is magnificent: “Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:
I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.
What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.
Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?
Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash receptacles. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.
God bless you all!
Kurt Vonnegut

To your success,

Love

Debra Lee Murrow