Art and Emotions

This week I was so thrilled that after 2 months of working on this (pictured) color study piece in class.  I was not only relieved, but excited about starting my first of three 3-D shadowbox paintings….Of course I have to draw, which I am going to confess, I do not enjoy doing. It doesn’t come easy, therefore I do not like it.  It is part of the process in studying Classical fine art, I get it, but ugggg…the struggle is real!!!  Next posting I will introduce the first of three.

Rather than bore you with my lack of stamina and attention when it comes to drawing, I’d like to talk about art.  Not my art, but all art.   With the recent reveal of the Obama Paintings, I’ve never heard so many feelings regarding portraits.  I won’t go into what I felt about them, because, in relation to this blog, it just doesn’t matter.  What matter’s to me is the conversation that was started because of it.   Whether you love them or hate them, what I love, is that art evoked a “feeling”.   For me, when I create a piece of art, and notice that it has a “happy” effect of people, it just warms my heart. To think, something I created with paint, is making someone smile, or cry or even make angry ( I dont recall an angry reaction, but hey, for emotion sake, I’m adding it.  As an Artist, or a lover of art, have you seen someone “affected” in some way by art?  As an Artist, have you had someone “react” to your work?  Have you wanted to create a story from a painting you might have seen in a gallery?  I love to read about why the artist created the piece, who the person was etc…but it is fun as well to find a painting that has an unknown artist, then imagine why they created it…Maybe that’s just me…

I personally love to lose myself in art, and I tend to find myself spending more time honing my skills, painting for fun – just to escape, if only for a bit, the state of our nation right now.   I would like to encourage you the next time you find yourself looking or creating art, notice how the piece makes you feel.  Make up your own story about it…or take a moment to read what the artist has to say…then maybe have a conversation with someone about it…or just enjoy that you took a moment to appreciate.