CONFESSION #14: Often, I have to ask myself, "Who is this piece of art for?" The answer to this question ultimately impacts my creativity.
This is a question that I don't think enough creative people ask themselves. Who is my art for? Essentially, why am I making this piece of art?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled Why I Write, which is based off of an article written by George Orwell, who wrote 1984. Through writing this post and reading the article by Orwell, I had some introspective time to think about why I do what I do. Why do I write? What is my motivation for writing? Orwell's article indicates that there are four main reasons for writing. Looking back, I just realized that he missed one reason: glorifying God.
Anyway, the motivations Orwell suggests not only apply to writing, but they apply to art and creativity as well. However, this post isn't about "Why I Create," that might be a topic for tomorrow. But today is about who I create my art for, and honestly there are only really three answers: creating for myself, for others, and for God.
For the next few days I'm going to be focusing more on these three motivations for creating, and trying to form a better picture from the haze of what creating for these different "groups" looks like.
This post is part of a 31 day series called Confessions of a Creative Christian.
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