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Written by: journeyoncanvas

09/01/2021 10:19 PM

Art is meaningful to the maker whether the viewer sees the meaning or not. If people ask me why I made a painting, I am encouraged. It’s an opportunity to share my journey. A question asked tells me that my work was compelling in some way. The power of art is the questions it can raise for us and others. What is a journey without questions? When I made this piece of art, I had a lot of questions. Honestly, a lot of my questions these days revolve around fairness. It just seems that life isn’t fair. Weirdly, I feel like my life is awesome, and I think I have had more of my share of fairness. The part of life that I don’t like is the awareness that good things don’t last forever. Eventually, a big, dark, unfair challenge awaits me. The question my work keeps asking is, “Why is the world so beautiful yet dark, unfair and so deeply wrong?” This question is the present reality on my journey. You are likely asking a different question. We live simultaneously, yet we live strangely apart. Is anyone out there struggling with my question? Maybe it doesn’t matter if you and I seek the same answers? We must look for answers using our own process and our own journey. My question is one you just can’t answer for me. I think the question isn’t the real issue anyway. Seeking answers is the important part. On my journey, I paint my way to answers. It’s my art therapy. It’s my form of creative self-expression. It’s my meaningful art, and it’s my artistic journey. Here, I have painted a windowsill with some tomatoes. Perhaps, it looks like it isn’t answering any questions, but for me it does. Art is spiritual for me. It answers big, looming questions, and it silences the fear about my unknown future. I embrace my life full of questions, and I paint my way to answers. One canvas at a time, I paint my journey. You may not see answers in this painting, but I do. This blog is a place to consider your artistic journey and the meaningful ways your art answers questions as you live your life. The inner journey can be explored through creative self-expression. Consider seeking answers as I do: with a paintbrush, a canvas, and a question.  
This is a painting of tomatoes ripening on a windowsill.
This photo shows a painting of tomatoes ripening on a windowsill and echinacea in a small vase. The artist painted this picture to answer questions about her journey. She seeks answers to spiritual questions with a paintbrush and a canvas.

Painting the Questions on Our Journey

Art is meaningful to the maker whether the viewer sees the meaning or not. If people ask me why I made a painting, I am encouraged. It’s an opportunity to share my journey. A question asked tells me that my work was compelling in some way. The power of art is the questions it can raise for us and others. What is a journey without questions? When I made this piece of art, I had a lot of questions. Honestly, a lot of my questions these days revolve around fairness. It just seems that life isn’t fair. Weirdly, I feel like my life is awesome, and I think I have had more of my share of fairness. The part of life that I don’t like is the awareness that good things don’t last forever. Eventually, a big, dark, unfair challenge awaits me. The question my work keeps asking is, “Why is the world so beautiful yet dark, unfair and so deeply wrong?” This question is the present reality on my journey. You are likely asking a different question. We live simultaneously, yet we live strangely apart. Is anyone out there struggling with my question? Maybe it doesn’t matter if you and I seek the same answers? We must look for answers using our own process and our own journey. My question is one you just can’t answer for me. I think the question isn’t the real issue anyway. Seeking answers is the important part. On my journey, I paint my way to answers. It’s my art therapy. It’s my form of creative self-expression. It’s my meaningful art, and it’s my artistic journey. Here, I have painted a windowsill with some tomatoes. Perhaps, it looks like it isn’t answering any questions, but for me it does. Art is spiritual for me. It answers big, looming questions, and it silences the fear about my unknown future. I embrace my life full of questions, and I paint my way to answers. One canvas at a time, I paint my journey. You may not see answers in this painting, but I do. This blog is a place to consider your artistic journey and the meaningful ways your art answers questions as you live your life. The inner journey can be explored through creative self-expression. Consider seeking answers as I do: with a paintbrush, a canvas, and a question.  

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