Art as Seen by This Beholder - A Perspective

My son Christopher at age 3.
My son Christopher at age 3. | Source
Christopher's first day of kindergarten.  Age 5.
Christopher's first day of kindergarten. Age 5. | Source
1st or 2nd year of JROTC.  He'd become an officer and wore many more ribbons by the time he graduated high school
1st or 2nd year of JROTC. He'd become an officer and wore many more ribbons by the time he graduated high school | Source
High School Graduation Day, 2010.  Age 17.
High School Graduation Day, 2010. Age 17. | Source
Christopher on his way to work.  Age 20.
Christopher on his way to work. Age 20. | Source

Art, as defined by most dictionaries refers to beauty and the extraordinary. I think that’s a pretty good generalization because it leaves the interpretation of what constitutes ‘art’ up to each individual.

Art, to this beholder, comes in many forms.

The first that pops into my mind is my son. He was created by his father and me through love. Love is the epitome of beauty. Those whom are the result of love are beautiful and splendid in all their glory.

I have felt my son grow in my womb, created by an act of love. The whole concept of procreation still amazes me to this day. Creating life and nurturing that life in the warmth of the womb, forming each atom, particle, vein, organ and soul is miraculous, to say the least. Think about it for a moment. Is there a truer, more beautiful form of art than that of a human being?

Granted, not all children are born with ten toes, ten fingers, the perfect nose or ears. Some are born with disorders. Some are born with disfigurations. But all are born with souls and the soul is the most perfect form of art that comes to mind, as I reflect on my personal perspective of this month’s theme.

By the same token, parenthood is an art. It is probably the most difficult art to master, as there are no instructions. I’m sure if Dr. Spock were still alive he would beg to differ with me, but anyone who is a parent knows being a good parent is purely trial and error. You perfect your craft as you go, just as did Picasso and Van Gogh.

Love guides your way when you become a parent and take on the responsibility of leading the soul of your child to its beauty and full potential. It is frustrating, sometimes overwhelming, but rewarding and worth bringing this beautiful life form to full potential. As a result, you the parent grow and bring yourself to full potential, continuously painting the canvas of the soul with color, warmth and beauty.

My son is the most beautiful accomplishment of my life. Oh, sure, I’m living my dream as a writer – on my way anyway – but the beautiful being I am proud to call my son is the greatest pleasure of my life. We make each other laugh, which is one of the best gifts we give reciprocally. We’ve cried together over the death of his father. We’ve yelled and screamed at each other. But each and every day we say, “I love you” to each other. Do you see the colors in that? Is it not the most beautiful compilation of all that is art?

My son and I have gone through some dark periods, but love persevered. It was and is the guiding force. I am proud of the young man he has become. The sweet smiles he wore as a child are once again offered to all who meet him. He has a hugely compassionate heart; doing for others before himself. He wears his heart on his sleeve, just like his mom, so anyone who needs a hug can just reach out and there he is. He feels for the downtrodden and takes lost souls under his wing. He’ll give you his last dollar, even at the expense of being late on his bills. (We need to work on that!) My son, next to my brother, is the most caring, loving soul with whom I share kinship in the gene pool.

Earlier in this hub I mentioned that art comes in many forms. However, as writers come to learn, once the fingers start pounding the keyboard, the original thoughts take on a mind of their own and often get tossed aside. That’s the beauty of writing, actually.

The bottom line is this: the most beautiful form of art to me is my son. We’ve had hard times, but being just the two of us for most of his life, we have come together to paint the most beautiful canvas I’ve ever seen. Our canvas encompasses all the colors of the rainbow and thunderstorms alike. That’s the beauty of it all.

That, my friends, is art.



Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

All Rights Reserved

This song is dedicated to my son with all the colors of Love

Please check out the other Perspectives on Art

This month, Vicki is taking Maria's place in order to allow her a well deserved respite. Our guest writer this month comes to us because she loves us so much! Welcome nelliana. Next month's theme is "What Matters". If you'd like to be our guest writer, contact MickeySr.


MickeySr.: http://mickeysr.hubpages.com/hub/Art-A-Personal-Perspective


Martie: http://martiecoetser.hubpages.com/hub/Art-The-Art-of-Living-Perspectives


Docmo: http://docmo.hubpages.com/video/The-Art-of-J-Scott-Campbell-Fairy-Tales-Fantasies-and-Femme-Fatales


Nelleiana: http://nellieanna.hubpages.com/hub/Perspective-Art-Art-Perspective

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I never thought of a child in comparison to art..But I guess you are quite accurate in comparing ....We do create these little beings and do the best we can as parents. Obviously you have succeeded very well. Well written and most thought provoking. Voting up and sharing.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

He is, for sure, your finest accomplishment, as my son is mine. Beautiful perspective on this topic, Sha. Just beautiful!

love,

bill


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

I had never considered our children as art either, but your right they are our most perfect creation, and all individual.

Well written and thought provoking hub, it sounds like you have a lovely son :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Carol, I had no idea this is where the hub would end up. I had gardens, canvases, music, writing, etc. in my head. The keyboard took over my mind!

Thank you, Bill. We are children of God. What is more artful than that?!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, my son and I have come a long way. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Christopher is the Sunshine of my Life!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Shauna, consdering the African belief called 'Ubuntu', meaning that people are people through people, we may indeed look at our beloveds and ALL people under our influence as pieces of art. Can we truly say that we are artists who have made them worthy to be loved and admired and in fact awesome?

Voted up and thought-provoking :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Martie, I don't think we make them worthy to be loved, but we are definitely tools necessary for the process. Just as is the paint brush to the artist and the pen to the writer.

Now, go enjoy your day! You're on vacation birthday girl! :-)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh I can hear that voice that I was referring to recently 'loud, clear and melodious' in this true perspective of art...!

Sha, I hope your son reads this...I am quite sure he feels it. And now, we do as well...thank you, this is beautiful and inspirational, like true art.

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, I actually wrote this last Friday. I had him read it while it was unposted. He knows how much I love him, even before reading it. He liked my song choice, as he's grown up with all my music of yesteryear!


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I am not surprised...I love your song choice as I lived your music of yesteryear...hee hee!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ha ha! Are you calling me an old fogey?????


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Shauna, dear friend - I could hardly read this lovely tribute to art at its finest and greatest for the tears filling my eyes and trickling down my face like from some mad paintbrush. Glad I'm not wearing any makeup or it would really be creating some kind of abstract art on my cheeks!

YES! Your beautiful son created out of love and nurtured in glowing, radiating 'colors' of love IS the epitome of the best that is art which two human beings can create! I hope and wish all parents and their children fully understand what a miracle, privilege and accomplishment it truly is, so that they would treasure and continue creating that masterpiece - for life!

Just beautiful, Shauna. Thank you for a truly delightful experience, reading and sharing in your joy! My day grows more lovely with each Perspectives I've read so far! I hope my ole heart is up to the rest! haha.


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

What an outstanding job of highlighting the span of artistic beauty throughout a lifetime, especially the give and take of a grand relationship between Mom and Son. This has so completely touched my heart.

Great job raising such a handsome and upstanding young adult while maintaining your wonderful perspective.

Sending those fireflies. XO


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

If you've got the thyme...I prefer to call us BOTH seasoned...hee hee!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nellieanna, I'm sorry I made you cry! Tears of joy and warmth are well spent, however. I'm so glad you like my perspective. I must go read your. Forgive me for being tardy!

Beckie, I can't tell you how good it is to have you back. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I'll look for those lightning bugs when the sun goes down!

Maria, we're like a fine wine!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

"Once the fingers start pounding on the keyboard, the original thoughts take on a mind of their own..." Are we sistahs from another mother?! I was reading this hub, nodding my head in total agreement. My children are the best thing I have ever created. Your son is amazing and your tribute to him beautiful and loving! What a lucky young man!

Art is in perspective and I love your perspective! Thank you for sharing this! Up++


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Oh, yes, Shauna - they are feel-good tears of joy and warmth - as well as remembrance and nostalgia. Human relationships transcend all other kinds of art, though we express those most precious relationships in and with our artistic offerings, both the 'practical' forms which supply human needs and the esoteric ones, including writing, which fill the heart's, mind's and soul's yearnings.

Thank you again!

Speaking of fine wines. . . . hehe - - mine's been aging longer than any of ya'll's! :-)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Randi, I love your comment! There's nothing wrong with losing your mind, is there? :-)

Nellieanna, you're too funny! Here's a toast to you!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I agree with you 100%. This is a very beautiful perspective on art. I was thinking of my son while reading this and all that we have been through with him and how love got us through, as well as my beautiful daughter and grandchildren too. We are each unique and beautiful creations of art no doubt!

Excellent write here.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Faith. Every being with a soul is beautiful!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Aww. shauna- this is a heartwarming take on art as a parental creation. what is more beautiful than the delicate art of human relationships. Your warm, loving, caring outlook says it all. top class!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. You're sure lucky to have such a son Shauna. I sure agree that he is your work of art. Enjoyed this and passing it on.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you Doc. It's always a surprise to me to see what I end up with in this series. They never start out as planned!

Rasma, I feel blessed. Thanx for your comment. Enjoy your day!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Shauna, loved reading about your extraordinary creation! I hope it will inspire many to look at their children in the best possible loving way.

You are so right, every person is an art form. Music is too of course, and your is lovely. Altogether a surprising, unusual art appreciation, written as a beautiful story. Oh yes, and of course that is another form of art! Well done Shauna!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Vicki. I'm so pleased you like this piece. I see you are back online now, so off I go to read your perspective. See you there!


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Aww...that is so sweet. Does your son like this hub?


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes, Sheri he does. It earned me a hug!


Ghost32 3 years ago

I knew a kid NAMED Art once...does that count?

Nice work, Sha...both the Hub, and the inspiration behind the Hub.

I'm with you all the way when it comes to perceiving art where others might not give it a thought. During one period of my life, I spent a total of 12 years as a commercial insurance underwriter, telling insurance agents why our company would or would not insure a given business, how much it would cost if we took it on, conditions if any, etc. Office work it was, telephone glued to my ear but even more than that, files and files and files of paper, paper, paper.

I was better than the average bear as an underwriter. Had a talent for it. But somewhere near the end of that career, I realized something quite interesting:

1. My files were neatly organized, covered my butt (necessary for continued employment), and presented clear pictures of the businesses we insured.

2. They were neat and attractive files BECAUSE I treated each one as a piece of ART. The curve of a letter or numeral penned by hand was important to me, a sensual appearance created through a sensual kinesthetic process. The information represented was important, but only secondarily so--though I'd never admit that to my Underwriting Manager, obviously.

I see every construction project I udertake as art, also. Getting a fence post set perfectly square and vertical--art, art, art.

Science? Not so much! LOL!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I absolutely loved this hub. I feel the same way about my sons. Nothing in life has surpassed them and I love the way you described the good and bad times. Up and awesome.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ghost, from what I've seen of your projects, you are a true artist! I love your perspective. Art can and should be found in every aspect of life. You just need to open your eyes and heart to see the beauty.

Pamela we can't recognize the good without having experienced the bad things in life. I'm glad you related to this hub. Your sons are blessed to have a mom who sees their beauty!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Shauna, what a beautiful tribute to your son.

He is such a handsome young man. And, so fortunate to have you

as his Mother. You have much to be thankful for.

Great write, my friend,

DJ.


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sweethearts2 3 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Art is not only seen on a canvas but also in the form of vessels. And you have with hands of a gentle sculptress have molded a beautiful child filled with love. With loving hands beauty is created and art is its name. With loving hearts beauty is created and children are their names. Great hub


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, DJ. He's my pride and joy!

Sweethearts, I couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.


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sanal m sajeev 3 years ago from India

can u tell how u creates such a gud hubs plz.............


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I appreciate your comment Sanal. It just comes out of my head once my fingers begin typing! Writing from the heart helps. No research involved!


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sanal m sajeev 3 years ago from India

can u give me some guidelines which will be a great useful for me ,i just started and don know wat to do...........


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sanal m sajeev 3 years ago from India

can u give some guidelines plz


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sanal, choose a topic and just begin writing. I write best about things I know and feel passionate about. Once you have an idea, you'll find your mind takes over and the words flow. You want to engage your audience, so once you've finished your piece, read aloud to hear how it flows. Check for spelling and grammar. Once you're pleased with it, post it to HP and add capsules such as photos and videos to make the article more visual.

Once you take the leap, your creativity will take over for you. Let me know if there's anything more I can do to help. I feel absolutely honored that you are coming to me for advice. You've just made my day!

Also, read the tutorials offered by HP. They will help you with layout, etc. But the creativity needs to come from you.


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sanal m sajeev 3 years ago from India

i also wan to know how i can earn through hubpages..could u plz help me....i saw ur articles itz so gud

n also earning gud score...so i thought to clear some doubts from u,who has experience in hubpages as well as writing articles.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sanal I haven't earned much yet. Read the tutorials. They tell you how to optimize your hubs for earnings. Same with the hub score. I'd rather you learn from the experts so the information is correct.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Shauna, in our capacity as humans, each and everyone a unique creation and also creator, we indeed have a share in the creation of all characters crossing our paths and not to talk about those walking with us. Everything we do and even don't do have an effect on others, although everybody has the power to shape themselves to the best of their ability. I know people who are not at all admirable and loveable just because they were ruined by their own incompetent parents. Take care, Shauna :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I agree with you Martie, but in my case my son is a work of art.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Shauna ~ "The whole concept of procreation still amazes me to this day"

. . . and isn't that just how art should impress us, how we should receive it? Art shouldn't merely be pretty to look at or pleasant to listen to, etc - art should amaze us, capture us, sometimes be perplexing to us and sometimes be a revelation to us . . . art should amaze.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You are so right, Mickey. I thought my perspective this month might play on the strings of your soul. It certainly played on mine and that's not even where I was originally going with this!


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epigramman 3 years ago

What a lovely heartfelt hub tribute to wake up to my dear Shauna and though the main focus is your son - without the work of the incredible lady author on this page and world class mum - then we wouldn't have the artful presentation that we see/read on this page.

I can relate very well to your pride and joy here Shauna because my mum was my best friend (as was my dad) and in many way they made me the man I am today. Although that said I really wonder who made the Epi-man, lol lol lol lol.

I will madly and gladly share and link this most beautiful of all tributes on my FB wall for everyone to see/read and I am so glad that you like Pink Floyd too ......it's always good to have an open mind and ear plugs, lol lol, and I saw Pink Floyd way back in 1975 on their Wish you were here tour in Hamilton.

My alarm clock is covered in cat fur and although Mister Gabriel is deaf he still knocks things over to get my attention and is the resident domestic terrorist of our family.

Sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from the three of us with my first morning coffee and some nice baroque music to start the mid-day now after night shift sleep at 12:35pm


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Epi, I've been to so many concerts (I've dragged my son to many of them, although he loves the music of my era), but I've never seen Pink Floyd. I think their awesome! I have the Wish You Were Here album and CD.

My Axel has taken to asking to come into my room at night. He sleeps with me now, much to Sheba's dismay. He's now gotten into the habit of putting his nose on my lips and pushing when he thinks it's time to get up and feed the brood. He's so sweet when he's got Mom all to himself!

Thanx for the share. I really appreciate it!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

The words here are so true Brave! No matter what our craft is or becomes, nothing can compare that to a human being. You have obviously done a fantastic job raising your son! It certainly is by trail and error, which I think you've mastered my friend!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, raising a child is the hardest job in the world. If we do a good job, the world is blessed with a beautiful person. That is art at its finest!


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Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

As I was reading your hub my two children came to mind. Yes I totally agree with you. The two souls that were given to me to take care of - temporary, were the best part of me and indeed,preparing children to become independent individuals is an art in itself. Thank you for sharing your "Art" Loved it.


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, I apologize for being so late to respond. I just saw this comment today when I checked my feed page (which I never check). Yes, our children are works of art. It's amazing that we are gifted with these souls who depend on us to show them the way. It can be daunting as well, but miraculous when you think about it.

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