The fall after I graduated high school, I went to college. A state university. One of the classes I took that first (and only) semester, was a philosophy class.
I took philosophy because thinking has always interested me, and my definition of philosophy is the art of thinking.
For whatever reason, that class did not capture my interest much. We read through a book of philosophy, that had chapters discussing God and computers (artificial intelligence) and some other things that I can’t remember. It was vaguely interesting I guess, but I don’t remember much intriguing or thoughtful conversation coming out of that book or that class.
Now, it’s possible that I just wasn’t paying attention, or perhaps the discussion was way over my head. Perhaps I’d have a different opinion if I re-read that book or re-took that class today.
Maybe I would’ve paid more attention if we had talked about the philosophy of art. I certainly have had an interesting time sharing and experiencing different art and reasons behind the art with other participates in Pondering Spawned’s World Through Our Eyes (WTOE) project.
It’s simple really. Just send a sample of what you create, and answer one little question. What drives you to create?
When April of Pondering Spawned asked those that had already been featured on WTOE to write guest posts about it, I was more than willing. This project of hers has really got me thinking about my own art, and the idea of sharing the art I create.
I was honored when April decided my post would start a week or more of a WTOE Extravaganza, with guest posts from several featured artists, all designed to stimulate conversation about why we create art.
I’m not one to get all crazy and ask and beg and plead people to read stuff I’ve written. Obviously, I’d like for you to read it, and I’d be very grateful if you decided to join in the conversation. If you would like to read my guest post, you can click here. If you’d like to see what World Through Our Eyes is all about, click here. You can even submit your own art, and your own reasons for creating. And don’t tell me you’re not an artist. Everyone’s an artist.