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Monday, November 14, 2011

Artistic Things

     I should preface this entry by saying that I am not an artist.  I cannot draw worth a flip.  I can't sing nor play a musical instrument enough matter.  I can't paint or sculpt.  I can't sew anything but a patch on my jeans.  I'm not a very good writer and I can't tell stories.  I can take pictures but I'm by no means a photographer.  In other words, I'm not very artistic...at all. 
     Now having said all that, I do enjoy some of the things that I mentioned above and I certainly do appreicate good art.  I've always wanted to be a real writer or poet.  I have from time to time written things and even started on a few book ideas.  I've written poetry but not very well.  I'm by no means a writer or poet.  I can sing...as much as anyone else can sing...but I'm no singer.  I can strum a guitar about as much as a monkey knows how to properly use a hammer.  I've wanted to be able to sing and play a guitar well and I've even written a few songs occasionally.  I love photography and feel that I have an eye for the craft but I've never had any formal training nor do I know anything about the technical matters involved with it.  I have an interest in leather working and would like to be able to do some leather working but that's an art that you have to just about be trained to do...kinda like woodworking. 
     Are you an artist?  What is your art, your craft?  Is it a passion?  Is it a hobby for you?  How does one with an interest in such things actually persue it?  I'm interested in so many things that it's hard for me to settle on one thing.  I'd like to be able to have an artistic hobby as an outlet.  Whether it's writing, photography, or leatherworking, I'd love to be able to express myself in a creative way. 
     I think it's human nature to be creative and I think that I'm creative by nature.  I've just never developed a way to practice that creativity.  At least not in any meaningful way.  Artists, in my opinion, are workers of their craft.  They have a passion and they have a need to express it creativly.  How does one get to that point?  Is it natural to be interested in many artistic persuits or is it more normal just to have one passion and focus on that?  I don't know.  Maybe you do...

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