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What Art Is All About

Updated on January 29, 2015

I don't know

Being an artist I love to gaze at the painting of other artists. When I look at a painting I often wonder what the artist was thinking or in some cases not thinking when they painted each painting. I know art is subjective, you draw or paint how you envision the peace in your mind. Here are some of my favorites and what I take away from each painting.

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's classic painting but did you ever wonder what she was thinking while she was sitting there smiling. Here is my interpretation. I envision a mad wife who is listening to her husband try to explain away why he did something stupid like feed the children chocolate cake for breakfast. The smile? Well she is just waiting to pounce on her husband

Whistler's Mother

Sorry Mr's Whistler but maybe you son should have taken a lesson from DaVinci and picked a better pose. I know if I had painted my mother like this I would have heard about it until her passing. In fact I can hear my mother now,”You didn't get my good side. Now go to your room until you get around to repainting my picture,”.

American Gothic

don't even know where to begin with this one. This couple makes Whistler's mother look like the life of the party. The dour look on their faces is not so inviting. You have to wonder what they were thinking or the artist thinking when he posed them. And what is up with the pitchfork. Can you say Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Blue Boy

Now here is a kid who is truly not happy about getting his portrait painted. Maybe it is the outfit his mother dressed him in. Or it could be he was thinking ahead to when he brought his best girl home and she gazes on the painting. Can you say horrified. Hey it could have been worse you should have seen the plaid on plaid outfit my mother put me in one time.

Dog's Playing Poker

If you didn't know there is a whole series of Dogs Playing Poker paintings The only reason I included this painting was because it seemed to me that the dogs were having a lot more fun then all the people in the first four paintings.

Of course there are other paintings I have come across which are hard for me to figure out. The popularity of the Velvet Elvis still puzzles me. I love art and I always will no matter how strange it sometimes appears. That is why I know I will still keep going to art shows and galleries, gaze up at the paintings and say to myself I just don't get it. I will leave you with this painting. I also hope I left you more enriched about art then before you read my Hub.

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      That hub is informative.

    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      T.B Whitt 

      6 years ago from the Philly area

      Drawing is not as hard as it seems. You've got to learn to draw what you see not what your think you see

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Voted across the top except useful and funny.

      Mona Lisa I think in her thoughts she's about to pounced on the artist.

      The Monkeys- The front to me is saying I'll show you what I've got.

      It's good to know your an artist. Because I can't even draw a straight line, Joyce.

    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      T.B Whitt 

      6 years ago from the Philly area

      Thanks, I love art but I've always wondered why they always painted portraits so dour looking

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great art and a fun read. ^

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