The Everyday Artist is an idea that seeks to highlight that anyone, and everyone, is good at art. So often people say; “Oh I couldn’t do art - I’m no good at it”. Everybody is good at art. They just have to do it. The Everyday Artist brings together a community that simply enjoys doing art for the sake of being creative and expressing themselves.
Meet Josh! A thinker with depth, he shares his thoughts with the world as words. When asked the question of what interest him, he responded with learning, expanding, and understanding himself. Being kind to others living beings, and showing respect to the world. Josh is always expressing, in some way. Check out his website at www.joshhedge.com.
What is your earliest art memory?
It was weird; I never partook in any set format like Painting or drawing when I was younger, I never did it at school. It was more my character, dressing weird, that was my form of art. Op shop stuff, nothing matching, odd socks, weird hats.
What sparked your interest in art?
When I finished school, thrust into the big world, I didn’t know what to do. I had depression 17 onwards, it was bad then but when you look at it now, it was learning curve. My friend was selling an old camera for $200, so I borrowed the money off Mum. I didn’t have a job; she was like what are you doing?
The first photo I ever took with the camera felt right, and the weight was off my shoulders. I knew that it was a good path for me to follow. Being able to express myself through photography fuelled the spark, which encouraged me to keep going.
What influences/inspires you to art?
At the moment, it’s crazy. I’ve never felt so excited. Now that I’m a bit older I’ve opened up to the endless possibilities. At the moment I am inspired to keep learning, to keep sharing information that everyone deserves to know and hear. Learning inspires me, information, connecting the dots. I am very inspired by nature. The earth we’ve been given to live in just blows my mind.
Tell me a Josh fun fact.
I think I’m a pretty boring person. I’m very simple. I go for a swim everyday, regardless. That’s my day maker.
What was the last awesome thing that happened to you?
Probably publishing a book. Pretty awesome, and strange, experience. (You can check it out here www.seedsfortruth.com)
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your art?
Recently I’ve started painting, and learning the didgeridoo. My roommate is an epic didgeridoo player. I picked up the circular breathing; I can make the animal sounds and have a continuous tone. The more I look into the origin of the didgeridoo the more I am amazed. If the earth had a voice it would be the sound of the didgeridoo. And painting is fun. After writing the book it’s been fun to just be freehand, with out the seriousness of writing.
Should more people/everyone do art? Why?
Yeah, I reckon so. People get caught up thinking art has to be this awesome thing. People think there’s a standard. Art can be anything; it’s expressing yourself. Playing an instrument, drawing on a piece of paper. Whatever, it’s a release of energy. It brings a fun element into being alive.
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