For Arts Sake By Robin Trimingham
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and I rather hope that is the case because I have a confession to make and I want to keep it really brief. You see, for the last three years I have been telling you that I am an artist, which is true, but what I have not told you is that until last month I had not actually produced a new painting in about five years.
There, I’ve said it. I am not going to offer much of an excuse. I have been quite creative in that I have been making videos and co-authoring a book, but my urge to paint was decidedly M.I.A.
Thankfully the drought is over and it more or less looks like an art store exploded in my living room. There are paints and canvases and brushes strewn about all over the place. I am not sure what day it is and dog has needed to beg for food more than once, but I couldn’t be happier.
The image above depicts some of my latest efforts. I don’t think they are perfect, but I do think they are a good start and I am happy to say that they are currently on display in one of the local galleries.
The thing that I love most about art is that it is one instance in which beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder. If you go to the opening night of a group show and ask each person which painting they like the best, I guarantee you that everyone in the room will point to a different piece of art. Knowing this has always given me the confidence to show my work because I know that somewhere out there is a person who will love each one of my paintings – I just have to find them.
This little piece of knowledge has also relieved me of thinking that I have to judge my own work very much. If I finish a piece of work to the best of my ability, out the door it goes. Sometimes they sell, sometimes they don’t, but eventually most of them do.
If you are reading this and struggling to find your creativity, go get some cheap paint and make a mess. Give yourself permission to smear it about, mix bad colors together and break all the rules – the more literally you take this suggestion, the better I guarantee that you will feel.
Then, when you are feeling calm, go back to that sweater you have been laboring to knit, or that model airplane that is only half built, or that Christmas project that didn’t quite happen and have another go. Maybe you will finish it, maybe you won’t, but either way I bet that you will be glad that you tried. Maybe you will even get a new idea for a project to work on – I really hope you do.
By Robin Trimingham