Would you rather for someone to make you something or go out and buy you something?
That’s the thought that crossed my mind when I sat down to get ready to start on a new ACEO drawing when it occurred to me that my grandmother’s birthday was coming up and I forgot to get her a card. So instead of working on a new drawing I grabbed some walnut cream cardstock I had lying around and got to hashing out this simple birthday card. Ideas for the little illustrations I gathered from Pinterest but everything is completely hand drawn. It’s nothing too fancy or elaborate because, well, at 94 my grandmother can’t see too well. But I’m hoping she likes it.
Overall, the question still stands, if you had to choose, which would you prefer as a gift, something that someone took the time to make for you or something someone went out and bought for you?
Here’s a little something I felt would be adorable, sweet and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day without being too mushy or overtly Valentine’s dayish. 😊
“When you go after Ciroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that sh*t, God walks out of the room. I have never in my life made music for money or fame…No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money. You could spend a million dollars on a piano part and it won’t make you a million dollars back. That’s just not how it works….You’ve got to respect the gift God gave you by learning your craft.”
~ Quincy Jones
Some words I found to be inspiring from an amazing music producer that I think can be applied to any creative craft.
“With all of the darkness in our world we need artists creating joyful things just as much as those helping to shape and change culture for the better.” ~ Shirley Jackson
Sometimes it slips my mind to enjoy the simple things in life. I have to remind myself things that may often be called “frivolous trifles” have their place in the world too. It’s taken me a while to realize that everything doesn’t need to be profound, that a message doesn’t always have to be made and that my work can be enjoyed for simply being. I once read that art should express more than just beauty. Although that statement has stuck with me, feeding a mild grade angst, I’m left wondering what’s so wrong with just expressing beauty? I can’t recall ever enjoying a sunset because the sun imparted to me some deep philosophical meaning to life. Nor has watching a butterfly flutter about transformed my understanding of existence. Such things were simply delightful and added a small touch of joy and pleasure to what can sometimes feel like a monotonous existence. I don’t think there’s any need for everything to be profound in order to be of value. That everything needs to convey some message in order to garner attention or needs to have meaning in ordered to be enjoyed. We wouldn’t have so many cat videos if that were the case.
We need things in our lives that are just beautiful and delightful to us. We need little pleasures in life that help make life worth living along with all the more profound and philosophical bits.
I’ve come to realize that I’m not so much in the business of creating art as I am in the business of creating delightful little things through art. Most of what I create won’t have much to say, if it says anything at all but I think that’s a good thing, it leaves room for others to create their own meaning if they want or just allows them to enjoy the simple pleasure of art. 😊
Finally got this little bitty finished. My first art card for the year. Gotta get crackin’ on doing more. 😊