Some people are happy to express themselves through their art and leave it at that. Which is perfectly fine. The process of creating after all is such a release of inner self, often that is all that is needed. Words cannot capture in the way that the images can.
When I create and express through art sometimes I like to just sit with what I see take it in visually feel it in my being observe its effects on me without words, after all a picture is worth a thousand words right? Cliché I know but there is some truth to that.
However there at other times that when I look at my art afterward I’m left with more questions than I began with. There is a feeling of incompleteness that I am left with, even though I have a deep sense that the piece I’ve worked is done.
It is at these times that I feel the need to write about my experience of my art. I might focus on one part and begin to write what comes to mind in a free associative fashion reminiscent of Freud. I just write until I feel done. Or until I feel satisfied that I have a better sense of the art I’ve created.
Of course, it’s not always about interpreting my art but more so finding meaning of the overall experience; not what does it mean but what does this mean for me. Exploring this way may point me to next steps. Writing becomes a way to help me clarify what I see. It can help me bring closure to my experience by connecting me on a deeper level.
There is no one right way. It’s up to you to decide for yourself what helps you enhance your creative connection and expression of self.