Art presents itself in many shapes and forms today. To me it is always interesting and gratifying to appreciate other peoples art. You dont necessarily have to like it personally to accept the hard work that has gone into it and the thought behind it.
As I am a contemporary artist, I only know too well how my emotions guide me on my various paintings. If perhaps, I had a hard day, it normally shows in my art. It can range from dramatic to tranquility.
I would say that art is something that is very personal. A work of art that one person loves may have the complete opposite reaction for another. Art is something that is very individual. Thankfully in our modern days there is a such a huge variety of art around that there surely has to be something for everyone. Take Graffiti for example. What one person calls vandalism is anothers work of art.
Just look at pavement artists sketching out their pictures in chalk. This surely is a talent, but one that many passers by can enjoy but yields the artist very little money. Many of us have been to Paris and the Montmartre district where the artists set their easels on the pavements doing quick caricatures much to everyone’s amazement and amusement.
Perhaps a little different are sand sculptures. They are very popular in the Canary Islands and probably in other parts of the world as well. The scenes feature anything imaginable from biblical to dragons which have real fire breathing out of their nostrils. And believe it or not, there is another form of art that a great many of us have at home or in our gardens. Mosaics – on plant pots, walls, floors and so on.
Children are encouraged to create art on a great many occasions. Simply take posters for example. Kids enjoy the challenge to make impressive posters ranging from subjects such as recycling to road safety. And if you are really prepared to let your mind wander a little – What could a really talented individual do with driftwood collected from a beach?
And here is a theme which you might even have on your desk at home. Paperweights, which can range from glass or simple pebbles which were collected, painted and then varnished. Not only is the paperweight very individual, but gathering the pebbles, feeling their textures in your hand, can also provide great fun.
Designing and making your own cards not only brings pleasure to many, but also brings individuality to the recipient. Papermache is another form of art I have never tried, but I really like the results that people manage to achieve. Decoupage in this day and age seems to be very popular, along with scrapbooking, felting, patch working and needlepoint.
There are so many forms of art there surely must be something to suit everyone. Help is at hand as there are many workshops running in many crafts stores as well as local schools. Art brings joy to many people, creating it or enjoying the art of others ” it also relaxes you and can make you a host of new friends, so enjoy !…