What Does Art Mean To You?

What Does Art Mean To You?

I love art in all its forms. It means many things to many people – you may love it too or you may hate it – but, if you don’t mind, let’s delve into my mind and see what art is to me.

An appreciation of talent

Whether it’s a painting or a drawing, photography or sculpture or a multi-sensory experience like Van Gogh Alive, I have an appreciation of the artist’s talent. I can look and imagine how their ideas have morphed onto the canvas. There are so many artists and a few of my favourites are Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali and Oleg Shuplyak – each one different, but their creations are all equally fabulous. I can really appreciate their creative foresight, being able to see in their mind’s eye what the finished article will look like.

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Van Gogh Alive – London

Learning

Art is learning. I choose what to go and see, not always because I know who the artist is, sometimes I don’t, but it’s the subject matter I am mostly interested in – city views, art movements like Baroque, Impressionism or Surrealism, illusion art and many more. I can learn more about these topics as I read the exhibit titles. I am then drawn to the artists themselves and can learn about their lives in books or the internet.

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Opera Omnia – Bangkok

There is a story to tell

There is usually a story to tell in art. Some art is more than a little distressing (Beyond the Air We Breathe). Some are obvious in their message, some are not, and it takes a while before you realise what the artists are trying to convey. Art is a powerful way to get the message across!

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Beyond the Air We Breathe – Bangkok

Excitement

Art creates excitement. Not knowing what I’ll find until I see it with my own eyes. Then, looking at the photos or paintings, taking in all the details – the brush strokes, the colours, the textures, the painting as a whole – I feel joy and realise I am smiling!

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Oleg Shuplyak – Imaginarium, Bangkok

Inspiration

There are many things that inspire people and art is one of those things. It might inspire you to use the same colours in a different way or think of a new way to use the same subject. Art simply inspires me to be more creative in my life. Inspiration feels like a burst of energy and I feel motivated to put my ideas into action.

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My creations

Relaxation

When I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, I pick up my paint brush and paint! Concentrating on what I am doing and getting into the flow state makes me forget why I am stressed and helps me keep my mental wellbeing in check.

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Relaxation in Art

What does art mean to you?

10 Replies to “What Does Art Mean To You?”

  1. So true, this is what the hobbies are for I do drawings sometimes, or rather I used to.. I shall start again, shouldn’t I?
    How are you? Hope everything is well!
    Christie

    1. Every time I have a break and go back to it, I realise how much I enjoy it! I’m all good thank you, everything is good. How are things with you? Thank you for stopping by and commenting! x

  2. You’re very talented Gill!
    Love art and can’t imagine a world without art. Sadly, our government is crushing art subjects at universities by make fees exorbitantly high and close to a doctor or lawyer’s degree costs. Our government perceives as art students as far-left – ludicrous!

    1. Aw, thank you Nilla! I love art andI can’t imagine my life without art too! God, that is really ridiculous – it’s such a shame as not many can afford the high fees, stopping them following their passion (which it will for some).

  3. For me it is relaxation. I find it interesting what people call art and look at everythign with open eyes. Not everyone likes everything and that is good. It is lovely to stroll through art galeries, always a peaceful way to spend a good time.

  4. To me art is my way of expressing what I see and feel! The inspiration behind colors and shapes as they form a story appeals to me. It can be the composition of a photograph or even an abstract print!! Great post Gill!! have a great week!!

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