Authentic: Real. From the heart. What art do I love? What art is "real"? Of all the art I create, what is most authentic?
This is what I love to create:
- making journals/books
- painting backgrounds
- colorful creative doodles
- digital painting, collage, art journaling
- fabric art quilts
I've always thought of my art quilts as "real art" - I suppose because it is hung on the wall. I've considered art journaling or painting in a journal creative but not "real" ... perhaps because it isn't hung on a wall. I realize that is not valid; art in a book is just as "real" as art to be hung on a wall. Yet ... this has been my mindset for a long time.
I'm reconsidering this now, especially with my new fascination with digital art. I like the word "authentic" which seems more inclusive than "real". I like the questions I've raised and am considering.
Authentic art comes from the heart. It is something within me that wants/needs to be expressed.
I consider the digital collage below to be authentic because
- it's original
- it's a theme that has surfaced in my art for years
- it's a stretch - first time to do this kind of collage
- it comes from the heart
This is an interesting place to be. I'd love to hear what you think.