A few years ago my husband and I were visiting Scotland and stopped at GoMA in Glasgow. A docent was leading a tour of young people through the museum. They stopped to look at a particular painting (please don’t ask which, no idea) and she asked them “What is art?” I played along (in my head) because despite the fact that I had been looking at art all morning, an answer did not quickly come to mind. The students had answers though, good ones, ranging from something that is aesthetically pleasing, to something that incites some emotion in the viewer.
It is something I have thought about a lot over the years. I don’t really have an answer, yet…and I’m suspicious of anyone who thinks they have an absolute answer. But one thing I do believe pretty absolutely is that each act of creating art takes a measure of courage. I’m not just talking about having the courage to share your art, but also the courage to even make it in the first place. Maybe its not always the case, but in my experience, the creative process can force you to deal with fears, to be honest with yourself, to evaluate your intentions. And all of that requires courage.
So that is the inspiration for today’s project. To make it I played with paper, Modge Podge, acrylics, ink pens, and spray inks. It includes a collage rose in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a favorite son of Glasgow. If you are ever there, be sure to check out the Charles Rennie Macintosh house. It’s spectacular!
Go forward, be courageous, and create!