How Your Creative Works Makes This World a Better Place
I was showing my work at an art meeting the other day when one of the members made a statement. He noticed that the width or thickness of the curvy strips in my work remained consistently the same size from one work to the other.
In fact, I was quite surprised he’d noticed. I don’t know why I was surprised. Sure, I’ve noticed too. But I didn’t think anyone else would.
What was intriguing about this is I draw all the shapes free hand without measuring. Later, I mused over that discussion all week since I hadn’t given it much thought before. The phrase that persistently kept coming to me was “the artist’s hand”.
The Story of The Artist’s Hand
Over the years, centuries probably, the artist’s hand has been thought to be a unique expression of the artist herself. The drawing of a line includes gestures and unique properties that point to who made those marks.
Just like when an artist signs their work it gives credence to their authorship and the authenticity of the work, the artist’s hands in the process of mark making does the same. You don’t need to see a signature to know who created a piece of work.
And it’s not only in drawing or painting that the artist’s hand is evident. The drawn line has often been the subject of discussion when talking about the artist’s hand. But lines are one of the 7 basic elements of art. So whether you create sculptures or do woodworking or cut fabrics, you still use lines to create.
Each of us has a unique gift, no matter how you choose to express it.
So whether you create sculptures or do woodworking or cut fabrics, you still use lines to create. You don’t need the title “ARTIST” for your artist’s hand to show through your work. Actually, whether I cut the strips freehand or draw them, the consistency in width doesn’t change.
The Point About The Artist’s Hand
That leads me to my point. Each of us has a unique gift, no matter how you choose to express it. Your artist’s hand makes marks which only you can make. Even if someone else is doing the same thing as you do, you’re unique. When you think others are better than you, you’re still unique. Whichever way you slice and dice it, you’re unique.
So continue to work that little spark on the inside of you. Work your spark into fireworks. How much brighter and better will this world be with that collective fireworks on display from all of us? Just imagine a world-wide fourth of July fireworks display. Absolutely incredible!!!
Darkness is only seen when the light flickers dim.
Don’t even think, “my spark or fireworks are insignificant.” Have you ever seen a local or town fireworks display and have you seen a national one? How do they compare? You matter. What you create is important.
Keep your spark alive. Keep creating.
In what ways does your artist’s hand show through your work? Have you noticed any consistencies?
Can’t wait to hear your comments and to join the discussion.
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