passion

Why Create?

I have always wondered, why art? Why create? Why bother?

What is it that makes us want to be a part of any creative proccess? This is definitely different from person to person, but one thing is certain, that everyone shares unique a love and a passion for whatever art form they create. From music, novels, films, sculpture, paintings and many more, in order for something to turn out to be visually interesting and beautiful, passion is  vital.

Something else that I always thought about, is for who we create art for? Is it for our personal fulfilment, is it for a wider audience, for a career, for money or for fame? Even though I am currently living in London, I keep all of my artworks in Greece. And when I go back home, besides a few paintings that my parents have decorated our home with, the rest of them are kept in our storage room. Recently, when I was looking for an old small drawing, I found myself surrounded by all these paintings and art pieces that I have put so much efford researching and creating, and there they were, hidden in our storage room, where nobody saw them. I felt weird, thinking that I spent so much time creating something that ended up in a storage room, what was the point?

A few weeks went by, I returned to London and did not think about that, until I came across this man, in Cromwell road, between the Natural History Museum and the Victorian & Albert Museum.

Screen Shot 2014-02-08 at 18.15.26As I was walking towards the tube station, I saw all these people surrounding a man, but I could not understand what was  really happening. I was very curious so I stopped and moved a bit closer, to realise that the man everyone was surrounding was actually creating art in the middle of the streets.

The first thing I noticed was how great he had created the perfect shape to seem like he was drawing on a piece of paper, but taking a closer look, it turns out that he was painting on the actual floor of the pavement. Even though the surface of the floor was not smooth, his work was very clean and his colours very soft. His use of different colours of charcoal was excellent making his final result look even smoother. I  loved how he had very limited materials, no canvas, no paper but still, he managed to create a very beautiful drawing and get the attention of a number of people, including myself.

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After observing for a few minutes, I continued walking towards the tube station, but I was still thinking about that man. More specifically, I was thinking about his reasons for creating art. Of course he was doing it for the money as well, but why drawing on the floor? If instead of drawing on the floor he used paper, he would then have his own small collection, and could even start selling his works. Drawing on the floor in London only means one thing. His art piece will last for one day maximum. Either the unexpected rain will wash it away after a few hours, or when he finishes his art and leaves, people will simply walk all over his art without noticing it was there.

But I am sure he was well aware of that and simply chose to draw on the floor because in my opinion he did not really care. All he cared about was his passion and will to create. He was simply living the moment, doing what he loved , experimenting and using his passion to create something interesting. To express himself and sent a message through his art. If he only cared about money or fame, I am sure that he would create art id a different way. But he didn’t. He just did what he felt like doing, and that was to create something beautiful that was not permanent and would last for only a couple of hours, and that, in my opinion was the beauty of his work.

Thank you for reading,

Elli

Liebster Award

First of all, I would like say a big thank you to lincathleon who gave me my first award nomination on wordpress! I absolutely love your blog and appreciate the nomination very very much!

The Liebster award works in a very easy and simple way. When someone accepts the award nomination, he/she has to compose a new post that includes 10 other nominees, answers to my following questions, and a list of 10 new questions! After that is done, he/she can inform his/hers nominees of the award with a simple comment on their blog.

So, here are my nominees for this award, 10 blogs that I recently enjoy reading very much (no specific order)

What triggered the decision to publish your work in blog format?  I have always wanted to start my own blog, but always seemed to be too busy. Thankfully, I was asked to start a blog as a university project, but I am sure that I will continue writing and posting after the projects deadline.

What was the last book you read?  The last book I read was animal farm by George Orwell. I always wanted to read it, since I read Orwell’s 1984. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

Describe the piece of art that touched you most recently?  I recently Skype called my little 13 year old sister, who lives in Greece with my mom and my dad. She told me she got an A+ for her art class. After a while, my mom took a picture of my sisters drawing and sent it to my phone. I was thrilled by how good my sister could draw. I was always the artistic one in the family, and seeing that my sister shares the same passion made me extremely happy and proud for her.

Mountains or the Sea Side? 100% sea side. I come from Greece, which means that i have been living near the best (in my opinion) beaches in the world. I love mountains as well, but nothing can compare to a warm day by the sea side, especially in the Greek islands!

To which degree is your art real-life inspired?  Well, inspiration is a very important part of any artist’s life. Even if someone says that they came up with an idea, unconsciously they must have been inspired by someone or something. Everything we see and experience affects us in a negative or positive way, and thus it also effects our art work. I love coming up with my own ideas, but I get inspired from the random – everyday things I see. My family is probably my biggest inspiration.

Would you like to turn your art that you publish on your blog into a professional career? In case you already did, what gave you the confidence to do so? (slightly paraphrased Mama’s Q No. 1 here) For now I don’t think so. I love writing my art blog, but at the moment i want it to remain a hobby, and a motivation for me to go out in London, and explore its artistic side.

Do your friends and family support your art or approve of it?  My family and friends are very supportive of my passion for art. My mother has always loved art, exploring and creating, so I think that she has always been my biggest fan. On the other hand, my dad was never really artistic, but I think my mom and I changed his mind over the years.

Do you use your native language on your blog? At the moment, no. My native language is Greek, but since this blog started as a university project, and I study in London, I had to use English. Even though i love writing in my native language, blogging is not as big in Greece as it is in London. So starting a blog in English is the right choice at the moment.

If there was one thing you could tell your peers to inspire them, what would that be?  Art doesn’t have to be drawing or painting. Many many other things are considered to be art. Music, film, Design, Cooking and many more based on your personal preferences and passions. Personally, exploring and creating art makes me feel relaxed and calms me down thus I believe that if everyone spent some time exploring the specific form of art that suits them, they would find that it affects them positively in many different ways

So, here are the questions for my nominees:

  1. What made you start blogging?
  2. What times of the day do you find your self working on your blog?
  3. How does blogging affect your mood?
  4. What is blogging for you? Killing time, Hobby, career, etc?
  5. Do you ever feel like you have nothing else to write about?
  6. What is the last exhibition/Gallery you visited?
  7. Which work of art has inspired you the most?
  8. Who is your favourite artist?
  9. How has art ‘changed your life?’
  10. What would you say to someone that does not like art?

To all of my nominees and future nominees for the Liebster award:

Don’t forget to post this on your blog!

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Thanks for reading,

Elli