What is art?

This is a question every artist and creative faces at some point during their life, often more than once, even in a single moment. Art is feeble, fickle, fleeting. It changes and moves from person to person, everyone has their own opinion on the reality of art, on what is beautiful and what isn’t, and it’s impossible to please everyone with anything we create. We want to please people with our art, to show them something beautiful and have them enjoy it. Our desire is to know that people see our art as lovely, that they ooh and ahh when they look at our work, at what we’ve done, and yet most of us never know for certain, what anyone thinks of our art. We can’t even say for sure, what art really is. All because we don’t truly know, because it comes in so many shapes and sizes that we cannot possibly spell it all out in a single phrase.

Defined, art is something created with imagination, with skill, something beautiful or that expresses some feeling or notion of importance. Or it’s just a work created by an artist: a painting, drawing, novel, etc. Or it could even mean the method used for said creations.

That’s a broad thing, isn’t it?

So what do we do, when someone asks us what it means to be an artist? What do we say when our own minds ask us if we’re worthy enough to be an artist? Aren’t great artists those with great names and immaculate skill, the Van Goghs and Beethovens of the world? Aren’t they the sort that could never possibly be approached, for so vast is their skill?


Art is what you believe it is. It’s what you create, what you find beautiful. Your work is as good (or better) than the work of the greats. Whether it’s reviewed that way or not, if you find it more appealing than the work of the greats, then it is. And no matter what, it is art.

Whether you’re a writer, a painter, sketch artist, sculptor, or any other form of artist, as long as you find your work beautiful, then it is. As long as you consider it art, it is.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

Don’t ever stop creating.

And while you’re at it, why not stop by www.MavguardMagazine.com to submit some of those beautiful works of art? If you find it beautiful, someone else will too. 

Kristina Haider
Senior Editor