Art means different things to different people. For me art means a few things:
It’s imperfect. In fact, in my view, it should not be perfect. Perfection is manufactured and it’s the imperfections that make art original, different and well, art. But then art throughout the ages has been imperfect and different. Abstract art for example is certainly a distortion. Art, where colours are unrealistic or unique, is another example. Unless you’re an alien from Star Trek, humans usually don’t have blue skin. However in art, a subject can have any skin tone the artist chooses.
In writing, we call it ‘writer’s block’ and the same thing can happen for an artist. You’re just not feeling inspired to work or create. Sometimes it’s a lack of ‘what next’ once you finish a project. There are many ways to get inspiration.
In anything where there is creativity involved, we can sometimes feel stressed or forced to ‘produce’. This can be painting, writing, even producing results at work where there is a creative aspect to your job, such as in advertising or marketing. I may not have all the answers, but I’ve got a few ideas for you which I have personally found very effective and have worked well for me in a few areas.
In these troubling times, we are all experiencing some degree of stress (and we want to relieve stress). I know some business owners (accountants) who are super flat out and stressed from overwork. Others have little work OR little income and are feeling that stress.
Many artists, particularly members of the Redlands Creative Alliance Inc (RCAI) group, participate in a number of exhibits and shows each year. An annual and major event upcoming is at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). This exhibit always has a large number of artistic exhibitors, a grand opening evening and all art pieces are available to purchase. There will be both 2D and 3D artworks on show.
At some point in any of my chats with fellow artists and followers, I get asked whether I prefer to do plein air painting or inside the studio. A silent argument between the two has been lingering on some people’s minds. So let me address that continuing concern here in my blog to give you access about which of the two should be weighed better or does one really matter over the other?
Art has become part of our civilisation since I don’t know when. Well actually, probably since caveman days. It is unarguably present in all aspects of our culture and activities. All of the significant historical events are brought to commemoration through the arts. Perhaps that is where (or why) we have the phrase “a picture says a thousand words”. It is the most important record in every society there is. It is through these that people are brought together as great accomplishments are being remembered and particular values are reinforced.