Art - The Art of Living (Perspectives)
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle
According to my dictionary the meaning of ‘Art’ is -
- The products of human creativity;
- Works of art collectively;
- The creation of beautiful or significant things;
- A superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation.
On the premise that this is what ART is, I am sharing my belief that living is an art.
Living on Earth as a normal human being requires creative skills. Therefore, while we are alive, we are all artists.
Artists are builders, sculptors, architects, constructors, etc.
“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” Albert Camus
Artists are painters, drawers, photographers, etc.
"Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth." John Ruskin
- people (and animals) making sounds with their voice, expressing themselves in a creative way,
- people using melody, rhythm and words to describe what they see, hear, smell, feel and sense.
We take our voice, body, melody, rhythm, language and most of what we have for granted, but the ability to use it to express ourselves effectively is an art to be mastered.
Creating a home for a family and guiding children into adulthood requires a creative mind - an artist.
Creating a garden, a safe environment, a suburb, a country, a holiday resort, job opportunities, recreation of all sorts, etc. demands a creative mind – an artist.
I do see all people and even animals as artists in their own right. Words such as intelligence, skillfulness, craftiness, talent and many others are but only words trying to convince us that living on Earth is not an art to be mastered.
In my humble opinion the title 'Artist' is only a label encouraging idolization and worshipping.
My refusal to put artists on pedestals is rooted in a personal experience that had left me completely flabbergasted.
One day, many years ago – before email - I was busy printing a short story for submission to a magazine when a neighbor turned up with a couple of her friends. Her intention was to brag with me, her Friend the Famous Writer. When I asked them to sit down while I go back to my study to pause the printing, they followed me like a bunch of curious children just to stare at my printed manuscript as if it was something divine coming from another world.
In the meanwhile they were all artists, but obviously under the impression that they were ordinary women with ordinary skills. One was a master in the art of dressmaking, the other was a chef par excellence, one was a lady who could create the most beautiful bouquets, one was a hairdresser able to change any plain Jane into a model, and not to talk about my friend who was a retired nurse with the amazing talent to comfort and love everybody in the neighborhood.
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I do believe that all people who are labeled as ‘artists’ just because they have a distinctive talent of a kind consider themselves to be normal human beings trying to make the best of their life on Earth just like all other normal human beings. Their distinctive passion is to entertain by taking their fellowman out of an ordinary world into another better, or even worse, world. Excessive admiration and hero-worshipping might frighten them into solitude.
If we have to make a differentiation between people/artists, we might distinguish between the realists and the idealists. The realist-artist would be the one practicing their art in order to make reality comfortable and bearable. They act to fulfill an important function, like feeding, dressing, educating, providing shelter, etc. They take care of their fellowman's physical needs. The idealist-artist is the entertainer, acting to fulfill emotional and spiritual needs. Most of the time only a lack of ambition, and/or a shortage of financial resources, prevent a person from being a realist and idealist artist in one.
Finally I have to agree with Friedrich Nietzsche: “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
According to St. Francis of Assisi ~
What/Who are the Perspectives?
The idea behind this series called Perspectives is explained in a hub published by MickeySr:
- Perspectives: An Introduction
What we think and how we feel about things is defined, not by the things themselves, but by our perspective of things. Everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things...
"Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible." Amazon.com Review
Let's read the perspective on art of my fellow-perspectives ~
This month we miss marcoujor's aka Maria Jordan's perspective on art, as she is enjoying a well-deserved break.
Links to MickeySr and Docmo's hubs will be added as soon as they are published.
More hubs in the Perspective-series:
- Gratitude ~ Gratitude is an Attitude
The Perspectives of HubPages focus on Gratitude
- Happiness is a state of Mind
In order for True-Self to be happy as s/he is supposed to be, True-Self should be IN CHARGE and not a stranger living somewhere in our inside. Meet your True Self today!
- Vanity ~ Vanity and Humility versus Pride and Modesty
Vanity versus pride, humility versus modesty could be attractiveness versus repulsiveness.
- Loneliness – An Indisputable Emotional Pain
What exactly is Loneliness apart from being an indisputable emotional pain?
- Regrets and Hopes: Living in the Present
Regrets are all about the Past, Hope is all about the Future. Nevertheless, we have to deal with them in the Present.
- The Charitable Spirit: Kindness - Generosity - Charity
The backbone of a Charitable Spirit is ‘kindness’; the rest of a Charitable Spirit is ‘generosity’....
- What Don't You Know? - How many angels can dance on the pin of a needle
It is NOT a shame to be ignorant of irrelevant subjects. “Real knowledge is to know the extend of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius
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