Lately I’ve been working with the theme of decay. My first encounter with the word made me invision gross subject matter, but after much reflection I’ve internalized what it means to me. This painting was a result of viewing the beauty in decay. It is subtle, quiet, and intertwined. It is apart of a living process…
Today I completed a figure drawing and for the first time in a while I said to myself, “Wow. I really like this.” I think it’s interesting how many people who don’t create assume that art comes naturally to certain people or that we aren’t so self critical. Artists are self critical by nature because that’s how we improve. This isn’t perfect but I like it.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”- Aristotle
I like this quote because it speaks to the subjectivity of art. The truth is that there is not one common reality between us, because of the various connotations people place on objects, people, and locations. Meaning is a social construction which varies from person to person.
Therefore, this idea of art representing the “inward significance” rather than its “outward appearance” is sound. You will hear this argument often in art: whether art should just be pretty or make a statement. Art aims to indirectly and (most of the time) non verbally communicate and idea or feeling. Through sight and once own internalization, viewers are welcomed to come to their own conclusions, rather than fighting for one answer.
Asking “Why does this matter?” is more important than asking “What is this?”
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What is important for growing artists to know and why I blog.
I am an artist in every sense of the word.
The three art forms that I develop are painting, dancing, and communicating. Yet, painting is the closest to my heart.
I began painting from a very young age. My strength in painting resulted from a combination of drawing and storytelling. I believe that being a successful painter comes first from observing the structure of objects and landscapes, while recording how light hits the surfaces of these focal points. Secondly, successful painters master the art of storytelling with minimal information.
Contrary to common belief, successful painting is more than just being able to paint a scene. Successful artists study history, architecture, anatomy, classical literature, communication techniques, design, and artists of the past and present.
I choose to be an artist, because art is my motivation for each day. Art is the core of my being: it is my peace, love, and strength.
Welcome to my psyche.