Why do people create art? What is the driving force behind creation?  People have been making visual art since the beginnings of human history, for a myriad of compelling and complex reasons. If you visit an art museum you can see how true this is.  It’s overwhelming and impossible to really take it all in.

The process of artmaking begins with the question, “What should I create?” You, as an artist have to ask the same question: what do you want to create? Maybe you don’t know where to begin. Even if you have an idea you would like to explore, it is valuable to expand your horizons by considering some of the ideas that other artists have investigated.

Following is a list of a number of different purposes, motivations, incentives, rationales, intentions—the ideas behind the art. You can add your own.

1. To record history



The Third of May 1808

Francisco Goya

oil on linen, 1814  Dimensions 268 × 347 cm (106 × 137 in)

Museo del Prado, Madrid

This painting commemorates Spanish resistance to Napolean’s armies during the occupation of 1808. This painting confronts the viewer in an intimidating way because of its large size and dramatic composition, a powerful remembrance of courage and bravery.

2.To tell a story—from mythology, literature, religion, poetry, music


The Tale of Genji

Nishikawa Sukenobu
Japan, 18th century
Woodblock Print
Size: 6 7/8 x 10 11/16 in. (17.5 x 27.2 cm) (image, sheet)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of Louis W. Hill

This print is from the Edo period in Japan (18th century). The tale of Genjii is a classical Japanese story. The inscription reads: “Once upon a time, a man met a woman in Kasugani Village in Nara”

3. To reflect the beauty of nature–landscape


Thomas Cole (American 1801–1848)

View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow

1836(1836)   Oil on canvas       130.8 x 193 cm

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City      Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908

Thomas Cole founded the Hudson River School, an American art movement of the mid 19th century known for realistic and detailed portrayals of the American landscape and wilderness.


FIRSTLY stop dreaming about success , forget about getting into exhibition just be focused on your art . Get your self a routine and work accordingly. “ARTISTS INSPIRE ARTIST” its a saying i feel is true . you can have a look at there work and trace your path where you have to reach. I was inspired by a number of people , my girlfriend being one of them. now you have to look from where you draw inspiration

A few ways to get going good

• Let the audience into your world and you are bound to receive inspiration from them. Go for a walk-Every morning I go to nearby Heath , and I often also go for a wander in the middle of the day to think through a character or situation. I listen to music as I go. Again, it’s about occupying one part of your brain, so that the other part is clear to be creative.
An idea never comes to me suddenly; it sits inside me for a while, and then emerges. To be truly inspired, you must learn to trust your instinct, and your creative empathy

• Take a break of two to three weeks after finishing a work, and before sending it off to wherever it has to go. breaks are really important.
Let the audience into your world and you are bound to receive inspiration from them.

• Be observant when you are out . if possible carry a camera . you can get

scrap book like this will do

Scrap Book like this will do

something interesting while on the move. freshers can try making these photographs . For it is said artist don’t click they make photographs. Either create a scrapbook or photo album which can be examined for ideas.

•let your art be your inspiration. Work on your techniques. Show your work to someone who doesn’t get impressed easily. It will help you doing better. you can put your work on social networks and get views about it. don’t just go on with your art without improving.

•Don’t discard your old art work,or unfinished art work even they inspire you .They will tell you what you were and what you are.Loneliness inspires me as an artist it makes your mind do the work. sit alone and think where you want to go and what you want to do, at least once a month.

You should have that burning desire to be an artist . you cant be confused about your work . you should have a clear view of where you want to land. Either you go for stars or you don’t go anywhere.


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