There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day,
when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest
happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest
wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by
some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts
were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what
may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.
— Robert Henri
Finding your creativity
Being an artist means being spontaneous. Wordsworth famously defines poetry as the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. Art schools teach one the techniques of art, but creativity cannot be taught. However, a dormant creative conscience can be kindled to burst out aflame.
With the COVID 19 Pandemic sweeping through the world, there was a splurge of artistic activity in the social media and beautiful creative works flooded the internet. Art creates immense joy in the creator as well as the beholder. It is one of the best forms of communication- the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, speaks volumes silently. Arthur Schopenhauer, the German philosopher, best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, aptly expressed that the aesthetic contemplation of beauty is the freest and most pure that intellect can be.
Beauty and Art
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If artistic expression does not bring tranquillity but rather agitates the viewer and yet creates in him a sense of satisfaction, that is also an art because the creator’s feelings are expressed to cause that reaction. However, art cannot be artistic if it does not contain in itself, the principles of aesthetics.
Basic Principles of Art
Artistic expression has to have the following basic principles that organize the visual elements namely,
- Harmony– The elements of art, like music, must work well together by having a logical progression or relationship. First lessons in any art school will focus on teaching a student of art to understand the various elements of art (color, line, shape, form, value, space, texture) and make them work together to create a sense of togetherness amongst otherwise separate parts.
- Balance– Visual balance provides a sense of unity, order, and equilibrium. Your Art needs to visually “hold together”
- Proportion– Proportion and scale describe the size, location, or amount of one element in relation to another.
- Dominance/Emphasis- Emphasis and Dominance go hand in hand in art. Dominance creates emphasis and draws the eye of the spectator and catches his interest
- Variety – Variety is the positioning of the different visual elements in the art to create interest.
- Movement– The illusion of movement in art creates the impression of action in the art and enhances the interest
- Rhythm: Rhythm in art refers to the repetition of two or more components that are used interchangeably
Art, like poetry, is spontaneous. Everyone is an artist in one way or other because we all carry within ourselves an unfathomable well of creativity. I cannot imagine anyone having a dry well, or is it only my eyes that see that spark of creativity in all? I don’t know. I see art everywhere.. in every one’s eyes and manners… the only criteria is, “Authenticity, in everything you do”.
In the coming posts, we’ll learn how to simplify this whole process and learn to art the simplest way.
Everyone can be an artist or rather, everyone is an artist!