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Emotions and Artistic Experimentation in Art

Updated on May 14, 2018
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Cathy is a graduate of Propersi School of Art and former member of Riley League of Artists. She only makes a mess of herself, not the canvas

Experimenting With Art Can Get Messy

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Would you like a glimpse into the mind of an artist?

Okay, let’s start with how great it feels to be covered from head to toe with pastel or charcoal dust! How much fun it is to sport the latest splattered paint tattoos, and how shopping for graphite pencils is so much more exciting than buying new shoes. Are you beginning to see my point? Well, I can’t speak for all artists, but you just got a glimpse into this artist’s mind. I will take designer paint brushes over designer clothes any day!

Stereotypically, when people think of artists they think of tortured and depressed souls or people struggling with mental illness. They believe “mad scientist” artists are the most creative. Just look at Van Gogh!



Most Artists Are Happy People

Good news...this is the furthest thing from the truth. According to Psychology Today, it’s quite the opposite. Artists are actually happier than most of the general population. Are you surprised? This makes perfect sense to me.

When I am creating a piece of art, the house could cave in and there’s a good chance I won’t notice. The words blissful, content and beatific come to mind when describing how I feel when drawing or painting. You can say I go into the zone or I am in the flow. Whichever way you choose to describe it, I believe it is a form of meditation.

Meditation Puts You In A Happy Place

Since meditation can increase our levels of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin, doesn’t it makes sense that artists are generally happier people? I can create for hours, and not realize that morning has turned to evening until hunger pangs and darkness set in.



Admittedly, The Term Mad Scientist Is Fitting At Times

Artists don’t wear lab coats and carry around smoking vials of green liquid. However, I believe the term “mad scientist” is a fitting one at times.

Our canvas is our experiment on which we paint, draw, splatter, and dab. Try different techniques while making a mess everywhere but on the canvas, (again, I can only speak for myself) and it can either go horribly wrong or be a huge success.

Artists will agree, artistic experimentation can be an emotional process at times, but this is how we grow and stretch our artistic muscles.

In the end, an artist’s goal is not to just create a product, but a piece that will evoke emotion from all that look at it. Of course not everyone will feel this way, but hopefully there will be enough people who do.

Although Some Mad Scientist Really Are "Mad"

In his day, Vincent Van Gogh was one of the greatest of all the mad-scientists. He was also likely the most influential painter of the 1800’s.

Van Gogh's experimentation of bold color was a unique and joyful way to express emotion and was unprecedented in his day. He paved the way for other artists keen on exploring radical modernism and abstract thinking.

Drastic in style, Vincent's work evolved from the somber-colored naturalistic art; apparent in The Potato Eaters. To bold and impactful, post-impressionistic style paintings; such as Starry Night and Sunflowers.


The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh

The Potato Eaters is considered Vincent's earliest masterpiece. A monochromatic naturalistic painting of muted brown and olive tones. It is clear Van Gogh’s intentions were to portray the hardship and sadness in the everyday life of a peasant.
The Potato Eaters is considered Vincent's earliest masterpiece. A monochromatic naturalistic painting of muted brown and olive tones. It is clear Van Gogh’s intentions were to portray the hardship and sadness in the everyday life of a peasant.

Master Experimenter


Van Gogh’s experimentation started when he became intrigued with impressionistic art. He not only mastered impressionism but is known to have pioneered the impasto technique. This is where the paint is layered thick on canvas either with a brush or palette knife. Mastering this technique gives emotion, dimension, and movement to the canvas. Which is apparent is Van Gogh's masterpieces.

The Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent’s Sunflowers, is a celebration of nature in the most of vibrant colors. Sunflowers in every stage of life. Healthy and vibrant to wilting and nearly dead. Depicting the glorious beauty of life and inevitable unseemliness of death.
Vincent’s Sunflowers, is a celebration of nature in the most of vibrant colors. Sunflowers in every stage of life. Healthy and vibrant to wilting and nearly dead. Depicting the glorious beauty of life and inevitable unseemliness of death.

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

"Starry Night" - Alive with a vivid swirling night sky, twisting clouds, shining stars.Painted while Vincent was in the asylum. Unlike other paintings this was from his memory.
"Starry Night" - Alive with a vivid swirling night sky, twisting clouds, shining stars.Painted while Vincent was in the asylum. Unlike other paintings this was from his memory.

Vincent Didn't Realize His Experiments Were A Success

Unfortunately, Van Gogh died in poverty and only sold one painting while he was alive, The Red Vinyard. This painting sold for 400 Francs (equal to approximately $1,000 today). in 1890.

In 1990, the painting, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (his most expensive painting) was sold for $82.5 million. Today this painting is worth $154.4 million!

The Vinyards by Vincent Van Gogh

Dr. Paul Gachet, friend, and doctor to Vincent, is a vibrantly painted masterpiece. Rich with symbolism and laden sadness.The Vineyard, created in 1888 was sold just two years before Vincent's death.
Dr. Paul Gachet, friend, and doctor to Vincent, is a vibrantly painted masterpiece. Rich with symbolism and laden sadness.The Vineyard, created in 1888 was sold just two years before Vincent's death.

"I put my heart and soul into my work, and I lost my mind in the process" - Vincent Van Gogh

There Is Much Truth To Vincent's Quote Above

True to Vincent's words, when an artist creates something, he or she does pour their heart and soul into it. They are literally giving away a piece of themselves with every painting they sell. It is a very personal and emotional process. So next time you buy an original painting, think of that artist and how much love has gone into your new treasure.

Who knows you may find the next Vincent Van Gogh!

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© 2018 Cathy Fidelibus - Creative Touch Art

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      3 months ago from Miami Florida

      Great, I am glad. You know about Miami Art convention.

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      Cathy Fidelibus - Creative Touch Art 

      3 months ago from New Jersey

      Thanks Ana, I would be interested in that, although I don't know if I will get there or not. You are very nice too :)

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      3 months ago from Miami Florida

      You are very nice . I am glad; you love art.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      3 months ago from Miami Florida

      Do you sale Art.? Miami is a great place to sale the art. You

      Can google the next art convention and come here to sale the art. I got your number.

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      Cathy Fidelibus - Creative Touch Art 

      3 months ago from New Jersey

      Thank Raju!

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      Raju Singh Rathore 

      3 months ago from Bikaner

      great!!!

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      Cathy Fidelibus - Creative Touch Art 

      3 months ago from New Jersey

      Erorantes, thank you for commenting! Yes, I agree, getting messy is part of the fun!

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      3 months ago from Miami Florida

      Hello miss Fidelibus. I like your hub. The pictures of Vincent Van Gogh are great. He was a good artist. Wearing gloves and a gown is very important to stay clean. But, if We are going to paint like mister Van Gogh. It does not matter. You did a great hub.

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