Friday, August 15, 2008

What is this Compulsion to Create Art?

I've often wondered what it is that compels some of us to create art. I know I share this feeling of the need to make art with other artists because I've discussed it with some of them. Some artists have written entire books about it, and I've read them.

It isn't just a desire. I find myself irritable and anxious when I go too long without sketching, stitching or painting. Sometimes just being in nature satisfies my need for creation, but eventually I need to put into visual form what so desperately wants to come out.

Sometimes its just to share what my mind's eye sees when it looks at nature. Sometimes it's a message that needs to be voiced, and sometimes it's simply a place to play and experiment with raw materials. But it is a need, a compulsion if you will, that calms an unexplained restlessness.

Do athletes feel a compulsion to run, or swim or throw? Is it the same with other fields of endeavor?

I'd love to hear from anyone on this.

1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean! I've often wondered about this subject myself. It wasn't until recently that I discovered that when I'm stressed of upset, I turn to crafting. Not that I don't craft when I'm happy, I do actually and I have found that the mere act of creating something new puts me on cloud nine. I do know that my brian is always searching for something new to try. I guess that's why I have trouble throwing things away, because I just know that I can create something interesting from the pieces.

    I wonder if it all comes down to the way our brains are wired. I have friends that love to read and others that can't stand the idea of picking up a book. Maybe its the same concept. I"m a crafter, I have the desire to try new avenues. I can't help it, I just do. Yet I have a good friend that says crafting is painful for her. She hates to draw, paint, glue, mold, anything artistic is lost on her. She once told me that she would rather have a root canal then spend the day dinking around with a craft project. I told her she must have been dropped on her head as a baby...SEVERAL times.