We live in an amazing world, surrounded by so many artists of unimaginable talent. Keen sight for photography, nimble fingers for painting, active imagination for writing, patience for gardening, we may have all of these and more within us or we may have abundance of one with unique style for expression. However an artist is not just a performer in a particular field of art, such as music, painting, writing, photography etc. We believe that each of us is an artist in some way, only our canvases and way of expression are different.
Consider teachers – are they not one of the greatest artists in the world, transforming the lives of students in a unique and creative way? Their disciples could grow up to be the subjects of books and movies or corporate leaders – exemplary men and women we would all look up to.
Or have we ever considered our parents as artists who gave us the set of values and beliefs that have shaped our lives in so many different and amazing ways?
And there are artists who dedicate endless hours to learn, create and promote a form of art and become maestros and inspirational leaders through their work.
So what motivates an artist? Is it the joy of creativity itself, or the appreciation of the work, or the monetary gain or something else?
We believe that an artist desires to have:
- The next idea, the new inspiration
- The right canvas to give shape to the inspiration
- The way to showcase that creation to the world
- Get all the appreciation and motivation that will bring back to the first point – think of the next inspiration.
For most creative artists, the process of generating a new idea is natural. And then, the process of translating idea into reality starts. However, this is also when many excellent and creative ideas just get lost. Consider the following examples:
- A gardener wants the utmost satisfaction of growing many more and new beautiful flowers and vegetables in his garden. His garden is already heavenly looking, and he does not have a place to add more plants. Unless he removes some plants, which is almost impossible for a gardener, he cannot add more.
- A lady, who has been good at paintings, has the next beautiful idea. However, she does not have the space to showcase her work or perhaps the money to create that painting.
- A writer has an excellent idea, but no sponsorship, or not enough time to do all the work.
- An excellent cook is restricted to feeding her own family due to no networking.
Now let’s consider that a fortunate artist has overcome these challenges and created something beautiful. He receives personal gratification and public appreciation. The forms of appreciation we receive these days are mostly virtual and short lived. Consider this:
- Gardeners post the picture of flowers and vegetables on social media. They receive many likes, but their work is probably limited to their own backyards.
- A picture of a painting is up on social media and gets much appreciation, for a while. However the outreach of that painting is limited to the social circle in which that artist belongs to.
- A book, when published, receives rave reviews, but the writer is short of new ideas, inspiration.
- For a cooking artist, appreciation is when people say “Wow, such a sumptuous meal”. The taste of the food, sadly, does not find appreciation beyond the house walls.
All these forms of appreciation are fluid, and will eventually dissolve. This burning desire, to create always, to create something unique, something beautiful, and to receive real appreciation, when not fulfilled, leads to frustration.
However, what if:
- A gardener has an opportunity to use his green thumb to help plan flower vegetable gardens for his neighbours, friends, and relatives? Or help his friends and neighbours with hints and tips, and a visit to provide real time in person help?
- A painter has been commissioned to create a painting based on a collaborative idea.
- A new idea has sparked the imagination of a writer; the idea itself is germinated while conversing with different form of artists.
Artists and creative souls feel demotivated with the lack of opportunity to do anything outside their own little world – both physical and virtual. What if there exists a platform, where everyone can Inspire everyone to Collaborate, by Showcasing and Sharing their work of art and motivating others to pursue their passion towards successful brilliance? Now that would be a great world wouldn’t it?
The answer is yes, there exists a platform. Welcome to Kritish! A platform to Share, Inspire and Collaborate.