FAQ, SAQ, or NAQ
The suggested topic for Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge was to write-up a FAQ (frequently asked questions) post. Honestly, I haven’t been asked many questions on this site, so if I’m honest the best I could do would be “SAQ” (seldom asked questions) post, or perhaps even a “NAQ” (not asked questions) post. So I decided that I will just post a list of questions someone might have for an artist, and do my best to answer them.
My Questions and Answers
Q. Why do you make art? What motivates you to do what you do?
A. I make art because I need to. That may not be a very specific answer, but it is true. I find that it essential to me to create. If I wasn’t doing art I am sure that I would have create in some other way. I’ve always created in some way. Sometimes through art, sometimes through writing, sometimes through sewing or crafts. Art is the form of creation that find the most freeing and satisfying.
Q. How do go about making art? Do you plan everything out, or just let things flow as they come to you?
A. Yes and Yes. Sometimes, I will plan out a work carefully, sketch everything beforehand, make changes, erase and redo, before I ever begin applying paint to canvas. Other times I start applying a color to a canvas with no idea at all of what I am going to end up doing. Most often there is a mixture of these two extremes, I’ll have a good idea of what I want, and perhaps sketch out some of the more precise elements of the work, and then start painting, letting the ideas grow and change as I work.
Q. What kind of environment do you prefer to work in?
A. I like to have lots of space to spread out my supplies, I can work in clutter as long as the clutter is related to the work, but I don’t want to lose my tube of paint on a table loaded with a bunch of non-art stuff. I like to have music playing… usually the music I listen to will either be classic rock or christian music, either way I tend towards older music most of the time… though I do listen to some contemporary popular music. I love to make my own playlists so that I can mix mostly the older stuff with a few selections of more modern tunes.
I enjoy company while I work sometimes, but I don’t care for being asked a lot of questions about what I’m doing while I’m trying do it. I also don’t want to discuss politics while I’m working, especially with someone I know will disagree with my point of view, that’s because I have no desire to argue or try to defend myself, I just want to create art. I like to have the company of someone who is comfortable with lots of lulls in the conversation, with the occasional chit chat here and there.
Q. How did you become an artist?
A. As I stated in answer to the first question, it is just an integral part of my being to create, and that creativity has shown itself in different ways throughout my life. In that sense I’ve always been an artist. As for my current passion for painting, there is a story there I’ve posted about before, but to summarize, I accepted a blog challenge to do something creative every day for a month, and one of those days I decided to paint… I haven’t stopped since.
Q. What are you trying to say to the world with your art?
That there is beauty everywhere and in everyone, that every person has incalculable worth, every moment has its own beauty. Even in the hard times, even in the midst of pain, there is beauty and order and purpose. Even in the dull times, there is beauty and imagination and awe. Even in the most depraved person, there is a spark of something good, something of immense value and indescribable worth, personally I believe that is because every person is created in God’s image, so no matter how they may tarnish that image, it is still there in some form. So I guess ultimately I am wanting to point people to the creator by helping them to see the beauty of the creation and the wonders of the imagination.
Your Turn to Ask Me a Question
Now, maybe you have a question I didn’t ask myself, maybe you were really hoping I would, but I didn’t. Here is where I’ll say “Don’t be shy!” Ask away! Feel free to ask me whatever you want to know in the comments, and I’ll do my very best to answer your questions both in reply to your comment and as part of future post!
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