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How To Put Emotion In Your Art

Updated on February 18, 2015
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

Paintings That Tell A Story

I come from a family of artists. My sister has a Master of Fine Arts degree & works as a teacher, instructor & visual artist for schools. My brother holds a PHD in Art History & serves as head of the Art History Department at a major university in Georgia. I never really pursued art seriously, though I should have. Because of my short attention span, I found it extremely difficult to complete an art project. I found my creative place in writing & speaking.

I found some paintings recently. These are works of art created during an earlier time of my life. The first two represent an era that had a great impact on me: the 1970s. I'm also sharing 4 other watercolor paintings I found tucked in a folder. I have no recollection of ever painting these. I believe they are from the darkest period of my life during my journey through depression. I know I painted them sometime between 1990-1996 because of the signature. Other than that, I don't remember creating these works of art.

Allow me to share my long-lost works of art.

1975: The Drug/Hippie/Freak Culture

This painting represents an escape from reality. Read below how I traveled to this fantasy world.
This painting represents an escape from reality. Read below how I traveled to this fantasy world.

The painting above, with it's many sharp, pointed mountains was representative of my fantasy world during the drug culture of the 70's. I'd often daydream about a place & time such as this, wishing & wondering if I'd ever find such peace. I believe I was trying to reach this place, but never found it until I met the Lord.

1975?: Unfinished

I never completed this acrylic painting, which wasn't unusual.
I never completed this acrylic painting, which wasn't unusual.

 The above painting was never finished.  Notice the only spots left unpainted are in perfect symmetry with the rest of the painting?  Something else unusual I noticed here.  I have a symbol in the center of the painting, over the peace sign.  I think it means either my astrological sign, Gemini, or I was expressing my desire for unity with a lifelong mate.  Notice how the figures are connected in the middle?  Very interesting, I never noticed before now. Also, the heart shape beneath the figures could represent a longing for love.  One more thing to point out: the three connected ovals at the bottom of the painting.  I use a lot of "three's".  Could this represent Father, Son & Holy Spirit I'd soon find?  See how the ovals are incomplete?   I didn't know God at this time.  Perhaps there is more symbolic nature to this work of art than I imagined. 

1990-1996? Painted During Deep Depression?

This watercolor is one of the paintings I cannot remember doing.
This watercolor is one of the paintings I cannot remember doing.

 Again, I don't know when I painted this.  I used some hopeful colors, especially in the center.  Notice the "three" birds flying peacefully above the dark water?  There  it is again!  Maybe I was holding out hope for happiness.  I'll never know, my memory is blank.

1990-1996?: Unknown

Here's the second picture I cannot remember painting. I know I did it, it's my style.
Here's the second picture I cannot remember painting. I know I did it, it's my style.

This seems stand for a more cheerful outlook. Perhaps I had a good day, or was reflecting on my life. Could the many branches reflect the different paths my life had taken to get me to that point? All I can say is I'm glad to see I could "see the light" at this point. I don't know what this picture means. But it's happy.

1990-1996?: Unknown

I think I was trying to paint a real tornado I saw once. I have no idea because this is another one I don't remember painting.
I think I was trying to paint a real tornado I saw once. I have no idea because this is another one I don't remember painting.

Well, what can I say? Is this self-explanatory, or what? Could only mean the storms of my life. It's realistic, about a real event, but what was I trying to say here?  See the dust cloud blowing up from the bottom of the funnel?  Could I have been in the middle of the worst storm of my life, or was I trying to show a real event I'd been through?   I'll never know....I don't remember doing it.

1990-1996?: Unknown

I believe I unintentionally plagiarized my sister's art. I remember she used to paint pictures similar to this back in the 1960s.  I have no idea where it came from.....
I believe I unintentionally plagiarized my sister's art. I remember she used to paint pictures similar to this back in the 1960s. I have no idea where it came from.....

Honestly, this looks like my sister's work. But I KNOW it's not, I found it with the others in the series. I got the style from her, for sure. Something about it is reminiscent of her early work. It's interesting, for sure, but I cannot say for sure that I completed this piece of art with my own idea. I believe I subliminally used her style for this expression of my emotions. Regardless, it's a cheerful painting full of "feel good" feelings.  I also noticed, I used a lot of green.  Green is a good color, especially for those who are sad or depressed.  Hmmmmm..

Thank you for allowing me to share my long lost forgotten art!

 

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    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Terrific hub. You really should try to take up your lost art again. Great things could come from it.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Concur with BPOP I like the tree. you have a real talent. Keep writing and keep painting.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's amazing how our true feelings can be conveyed through art. The painting with the tornado is the one that stood out to me the most. I concur with my fellow hubbers that commented above me, you are very talented. Thanks for sharing your works of art with us.

      Love the new avatar by the way.

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Wow, what great positive comments to greet me so early this morning! (just got in from work) I wish I had the patience to finish a project...I have the urge, just don't wanna sit down & do the art! I'd rather be writing. Thanks yall!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I loved the first picture. There is something special about it. Thanks for sharing

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice work. I like the top but it makes me colder right now. I like them all. I may like the tree most. The flowers are pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Very nice works, but I find the "no memory" of doing them quite interesting,I have pictures of me doing things I don't remember, but how could one deny being in the picture?

      I enjoyed this hub and if you find the key to the door please let me know, won't you?

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Hi DNF - Whenever I try to draw a picture it comes out in a way that makes me want to yell at it - "Keep moving!" They remind me of paintings by Grandma Moses (but not as nice as hers).

      Gus paints much like old Grandma Moses. He puts people's heads where their toes is.

      Gus ;-)))

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      Rascal Russ Miles 7 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      AWESOME Paper and Word art !!! I often feel like your for real funnel twister.

      One of these days I'll take some pics of my watercolor and oil art from other times... Russ

      BTW here's another art...

      https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Once-In-A-While

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Thanks you guys for your nice comments. Hey Rascal, what's a 'for real funnel twister'?

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      Rascal Russ Miles 7 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      A real tornado... LOL

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these treasures with us here. Keep creating, you're very good at it!

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Thanks Katrina. I'm trying to get motivated.

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      gusripper 7 years ago

      You know something?I think that's ART.

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      Art 4 Life 7 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

      I think you have talent! You need to do more! Painting and drawing are good stress relievers...

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      You definitely have talent. I can't draw a good stick man and I am awed by those who can create original art such as this. Thank you for sharing it with us. Quite a variety of moods here.

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