Like many other people I have hobbies. My primary hobby is “fine art.” I love to paint and draw. It is one hobby that I try very hard to protect from becoming a “job.” I protect it because I always want to have an escape that is still productive and creative. I paint things for people I know or topics I think are interesting. I do not sell the pieces, I give them away. When it stops being fun I take a break from it and try another hobby.
People ask why I like painting. I usually tell them about the “Creative High.” The “Creative High” happens to pretty much everyone. In artists and other creative people it is caused by a project turning out as envisioned or much better. It is that lovely sense of accomplishment that keeps me painting. It is also what keeps me working on web design projects.
Like fine artists, programmers, developers and designers are artists. They just use code instead of paints and stone. Getting a function to work properly is the same as getting the detail in a part of a painting or sculpture just right. It makes you feel like a genius! Like you can do anything and everything if you chose. It only gets better when all the parts work together and you are finished. In fact the harder you have to work for it the better it is. Your fingers can be cramping and getting that last detail just right makes it all go away. Some how when you are done your fingers can dance across the keyboard and tell the world (or just your friends) what you accomplished.
The “Creative High” is one of the best feelings there is.
I got to experience it in C# yesterday. I was able to complete a method that was giving me issues. I had an epiphany while I was out walking. Some things are so easy when you take a step away.
I leave on this happy inspirational note. Even if your project is hard. You can finish it. Just break down the problem and walk away for a bit. Take a walk. It is amazing where your brain goes when it is not forced to think about something. It sees things in a whole new way.
I leave you with two of my paintings that gave me great “Creative Highs.” I hope you like them as much as I do.