Creating something beautiful is a commonly misconceived requirement for creating art. It has also been said that art must be representational or positive, but art does not have to be any of those things. Art is more closely defined as a created expression of an individual’s idea. Once this realization is accepted one can begin to explore expression through visual media. As you begin you will find that the elements of art - line, shape, form, color, space, texture, and value, will help you to express a range of ideas including emotions or feelings.
Ideas that are often difficult to express with words can more easily be expressed in art. This allows the artist to take a closer look inside to find deeper insight. The important thing is to identify those thoughts and express them in a true form to create art that is uniquely you. Etienne Gilson once stated, “Art is the ability to create a new being that nobody would ever see, either in nature or otherwise, unless the artist caused it to exist.” Art empowers you as an artist because no one else can create the art that you can create. Art is not required to be beautiful it simply needs to be true to the artist, which in itself is beautiful.