Life without art? Unthinkable! For as long as we know, life and art have gone hand in hand, literally. There is so much creative expression, and each has a different impact on the creators as well as the ones who appreciate it. There are so many types, but here are a few I enjoy.
The Paper Arts
Putting pen or pencil to paper is quite traditional. Some great artists have been known for drawing, such as Escher and his “Relativity“. Paper crafts are also popular, including decoupage, origami, paper mache, and even greeting cards. And don’t forget books – writing is a great art too! You can find tutorials for just about any kind of art you might have an interest in pursuing.
Paint the World
Paintings on canvas are what many people think of when they think about art as well. Whether it be oil, watercolor, ink, acrylic, chalks, or some mix of all, there is no end to the creativity of the human mind. If you are so inclined, visit an art gallery and really look at what the painters were trying to say or portray. Better yet, turn on some music and paint about something you enjoy!
Turn up the Volume
Music. Some might argue that this is also a type of fuel as well. What I mean is, that people use music, they really engage with it. It can affect feelings, push us to get through a work project, motivate us, or calm us down. Somehow the sounds transcend, or translate, to emotions and have a powerful effect. For those who would like to learn, look into taking some lessons in the instrument of your choice and see if you can make some notes of your own – I would love to know which one you chose.
The Photo Lens
What can combine all of the arts in one magnificent place? Film, of course! Ever since the first silent motion films, people have yearned for more. Like music, cinema takes emotional connection to a higher level as we relate to the characters. Watching the impossible stunts and losing ourselves in wonderful made-up worlds is so fun. Did you ever want to make your own movie, or just make great photos? If so, there are special filters and options to aid flat photography. You can find free luts (look up tables) on the internet to help with color grading and to manipulate flat shots. There are different kinds of “lut” programs, some that are more technical and others more for creative uses. Go ahead, shoot film and play around!
So far, we have only touched on a few types of artwork but there are endless resources. Just about all of us have a little passion for at least one thing, even if it is just enjoying a good book or listening to pop songs. Take a few moments to really enjoy something artistic today, you will, no doubt, be enriched.