This is just a really random thought, nothing too important, and I really want this out there, so I decided to go ahead and write this. It’s more Tumblr post material, but I thought that it’d be better if I uploaded this here because I don’t really use Tumblr all that much and Twitter has a character limit that I’m not patient enough to deal with right now.
Anyway, here’s the thing: I was going to put this in a poem, but I am way too excited and scatterbrained right now to put this down poetically or whatever. And I’m pretty sure somebody has already had this take on art, but I was just thinking about what to write today, and for some reason, it just hit me that artists are so powerful. I’m talking about all artists, no matter what form of art they excel in. They’re just so magical, I feel like we don’t talk about that enough.
I’ve always noticed how artists, including myself, of course, have a completely different approach to almost everything in life. The way they look at the world we live in is on a whole other plane when compared to everyone else. And it shows in the way artists channel their perspectives into their work. It never fails to amaze me because artists really give a peek into their minds and I think that it’s one of the most beautiful things ever because we all talk about technology that will allow us to look into somebody’s head, but artists have been doing that for a very long time already. They’re truly so much ahead of their time.
What makes artists even more powerful is that they can just let their emotions out through their work and hide it so cleverly, you won’t even be able to tell what must have been going on in their heads. There’s no way around it. That’s just the way we are. People joke about writers naming their antagonists after their enemies and then killing them off all the time, but to be honest with you, it’s pretty good catharsis. Artists can kill you in a million different ways and you wouldn’t even see it coming. (I’m not glorifying killing people here, I’m just saying that an angry artist is very, very scary and you’d do best to never piss one off.)
There are so many things going on in every artist’s head at any given point in time, it is scary how much information they process. When I say that an artist’s mind exists on a different plane, I truly mean it because artists can and will see things that others don’t. It’s not the kind of a thing that you can see if you put yourself in their shoes, either. This is something that only an artist will be able to understand. Inspiration, to them, is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Now that I think about it, people rely on us artists so much, the world would be so lacklustre without us, and that is putting it in the nicest way possible.
It’s surprising to me how an artist can make a whole painting out of nothing but a blank canvas and as little as just one colour. I’ll never understand how musicians sometimes get inspired by a random sound they just heard in their surroundings and then come up with a whole song with a beautiful tune. I don’t know how poets love comparing just about everything and make it make sense somehow. I can’t get over how actors just read a script given to them and put everything they have into a fictional character to bring them to life. It takes a truly unique mind to do that and I will forever be in awe of all the artists around me. Yes, including myself because I can’t help but wonder how I get some of the ideas in my head.
I say this all the time and I’ll say it again: artists deserve so much more recognition than they currently do. Art is not a waste of time. It’s anything but.
To all the artists out there, please know that you’re doing great! You’re magical.