“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”
~ Vincent Van Gogh ~
Making art is a journey. Art is not something reserved for the few but is available to everyone willing to experience something that will profoundly change your life. You just have to be willing to let it happen. Humans are creative and creativity is a part of who we are and how we interact with each other.
You can approach art in many different ways and each approach is valid. There is no one proven path to do so. If art brings you joy and happiness I beg you to continue with it even if the voice in your head tells you otherwise. If you don’t believe me then re-read Vincent Van Goghs advice above.
Art needs to be accessible to everyone especially children. It has been proven time and time again that a child exposed to the arts at a young age develops skills that he or she would not have without a contact with the arts. Art is a vehicle of expression. While some may have difficulty finding a written or spoken word, these same individuals freely express themselves through paint, clay, music or dance.
Art connects groups of people. We have all experienced the thrill of concerts or the excited chatter and discussions at visual art exhibitions. There is a spirit there that uplifts us all.