Look all around you. With an open mind and some creativity, you can find art (or at least the inspiration to create your own) in almost anything…a spider’s web, a snowflake, a scrap of paper. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. My grandfather was the best roofing contractor Birmingham had ever known, not only because of his impeccable roofing skills, but also because of his attention to detail and ability to create visually captivating roof structures that people still admire to this day. He never considered the roofs he built to be “works of art”, but many people in his hometown have pointed out the beautiful shingle patterns and architecture of the roofs he created.
When you think about art, you probably think about its beauty or its weirdness or its way of making people feel something. Some people can’t live without art, while others think that it is just a hobby to pass the time. In reality, art is very important and has many benefits for people as well as societies as a whole.
The other day I realized that my house was extremely cold and after checking a couple of things out, found out that my furnace was not working. I became very frantic and stressed out because I had been planning a large family gathering at my home and knew that everything was going to be ruined if we had to sit in a freezing cold house. I’m used to be a very even-tempered person but as I get older, I notice that I am always wound up and easily get worked up about small things. I did some quick research and called the best company for heating and cooling Birmingham AL had to offer, who agreed to come out that same afternoon. Now that the heat is back on and my family gathering turned out so well, I’ve had a little bit of time to reflect on my behavior and actions during stressful times. I decided that I need to find some ways to calm myself down and focus my brain on things that are not stressful or worrisome.
In my last post, I discussed a few of the more conventional forms of art like painting and drawing. As you know, beauty and art are in the eyes of the beholder so everyone is going to have a different opinion about a work of art. To one person, they may be looking at the most beautiful thing they have ever seen while to another person it may be the craziest, ugliest thing they have laid their eyes (or ears) on. All in all, it is still art though because whoever created it poured their creative energy into it and wanted to share their emotions and thoughts with their audience.
To most people, the word “art” stirs up images of paint brushes, colors, and drawings. I discussed in my last post about how we should all take the time to observe and find art manifested in everyday life, so I felt that I need to spend some time on the more conventional forms of art.
Let’s start with the most obvious art form…painting. According to Wikipedia, the oldest known paintings are around 40,000 years old, created by prehistoric men on the walls of caves to depict different animals. Whether they used paintings to communicate information with each other or they had the need to express their thoughts and emotions, it’s interesting to know that art has been in existence for a very long time.
“My inspiration is art… because without art, we would just be stuck with reality.” ~Daniel R. Lynch
Art is a means to express emotions and apply one’s creativity and imagination. It comes in numerous forms, including: painting, drawing, sculpting, music, photography, poetry and theater. Art is interpreted differently by each person, and it can draw different emotions out of people at different times.
Have you ever stopped and wondered what the world would be like without art? I just did, and the outcome seems very bleak. Here are several points I came up with about the lack of art in our world: