Hello creative souls
I have a few things to share with you this week.
Over the years, I have seen many discussions about art and craft. What is art and what's a craft? Who is an artist, who is a hobbyist, who is a crafter? Is this art? Are you an artist?
I've also been watching a lot of videos and interviews with known artists. I want to share with you some of their thoughts on their own work. I won't mention the name of the artist, because it's not about the name. What I'm looking at sharing with you are the thought patterns and ideas these artists had about themselves, their work and inspiration. These are not necessarily direct quotes, I found them in interviews, articles and documentaries.
That's what they - these artist - were all about, in one way or another.
What is art? Can you define beauty? Does art have to beautiful? Same old questions maybe, the answers vary depending on time and place.
You decide. You develop your own definition, and accept the consequences - mostly comprising of people not agreeing with you, not liking your work, or worse, not even paying attention to your work. So now what? Do you stop making your art? Do you become bitter and resentful?
Second thing I wanted to share with you is that I've launched I Am What I Art website here. It's still a work in progress. I will be adding an online course, calendar for courses in my studio and the visual journaling gatherings in Dubai.
I've included a curated art magazine, art tips, and videos from famous artists to inspire you and perhaps give you a fresh perspective on art and life.
I've also changed I Am What I Art Facebook page to a creative hub where you can share you own stories, insights and art.
Of course, there's the random musings, art, photography and poetry on Instagram @ghajaria and @iamwhatiart.
I hope you'll enjoy this art journey and that you'll share yours, too.
P.S. The Faces Collection Prints are still available. Maybe a wonderful gift for someone who loves art, faces and stories? To order yours, click here.
Hello, I'm Fadwa Al Qasem, a refugee by inheritance, a woman with a restless soul and a gypsy’s spirit. As an avid art journaler, artist, and author, I believe that courageous self-expression is our ultimate source of power and freedom, and I am devoted to unfocusedness!