Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much time (and money!) on my art. It’s not making me any richer; it’s not making my house any cleaner; it’s really in no way productive. I often feel guilty when I spend hours working on a journal page or a canvas, knowing there are about a million things I “should” be doing, “need” to be doing, or could better justify doing.
Today I started a new art journal, and decided to make the first page a “justification” for art, as a reminder to myself that it’s okay to spend time doing something frivolous and unproductive. I put two of my favorite art quotes on the page:
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut
I made a huge mess in my kitchen and “wasted” several hours of my day, but I did have fun making this page. Thank you, Pablo and Kurt, for permission.