I have never been able to draw. I took an art class in Junior High, but I wasn’t very good. My spheres weren’t round, my squares weren’t square, and I had no sense of perspective. But I could play the piano and I was learning to play the flute.
I appreciate the visual arts very much. Artists truly astound me. I think my favorite painter is Vincent Van Gogh, but I really couldn’t tell you why. I like his brushstrokes; I like that fact that they are visible I guess. Anyone who really knew anything about art would give a better reason, right? Something more…encyclopedic, maybe? I like reading about artists, and learning about art history to a certain extent, but most of it doesn’t stick to my brain.
I do much better with music. It’s a work in progress, but I do feel that I have made some progress at being more artistic with music recently, thanks to my new flute teacher. I am a “reluctant” singer at church. I do feel that I have certain musical strengths. I think this might be artistic, even though a performer is really just interpreting what a composer has already created.
Some people are artists in their gardens, or have the ability to decorate a beautiful home (I possess neither of those skills!) Some people are skilled at the art of speaking to groups of people or in the art of care-giving. Some people are artistic in the kitchen. (I do ok at that one from time to time!) Others are skilled in the art of novel-writing, poetry, screen-writing, or essay-writing.
Even flying an airplane is an art, to a certain extent. In fact, here is my conclustion about art: Anything we do can be done artistically. Even the most mundant chores can be arts if we allow ourselves to think of them as such. Arranging a cupborad, making a bed, these too can have artistic aspects. In fact, maybe it is simply a little well-placed pride in one’s work which makes it “art” rather than just a task.
However. If one hears the word, “art”, most people think of artists who paint pictures or draw. I still can’t paint or draw. I did take up the doodling-type meditative-style drawing called “Zentangle®” though. So even though Linda said we didn’t have to draw anything, here are two of my favorite Zentangle tiles that I’ve drawn. Is it art? I’m not sure. You decide, mes chers lecteurs.
Et vous? Why do you feel drawn to certain kinds of art ot to the works of a certain artist? What kinds of art do you do? I’d love to read about your art in the comments. Feel free to leave links to your art if you’d like! It would be a lot of fun to see/read/hear about your art!
À la prochaine !
This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “art.” Write a post regarding “art,” be it an object or a name. Note: I’m not asking you to draw something, but if you’d like to, we’d love to see that too! Enjoy!