Seeing Like an Artist
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Seeing Like an Artist

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift
One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.
Edward de Bono
I say repeatedly that everyone is an artist, some people just refuse to admit it to themselves.  If you won't entertain the idea, it will never happen.  Certainly, some people have been gifted with incredible skill, and you may never be able to create a masterpiece like The Mona Lisa.  You can, however create a beautiful and work of art. I think that what separates an artist from "the average person" is an ability to see fully and creatively.
An artist sees and appreciates all the little nuances of a scene  or an object and can express the way the sight makes them feel using a paintbrush. Say you are painting an apple, you need to really look at the apple and appreciate not only the shape of it, but the shape of the  negative space (the emptiness surrounding the apple) created around it, the variety of colors in the apple and the shadow it casts,  and the texture of the skin.
As an exercise, sit outside and take five minutes to observe your surroundings as an artist might.  I promise, you will see things with a completely new perspective.  The trees are not just green, but a myriad of shades and hues. Look at the graceful arch of the branches, how they overlap and disappear behind the leaves. Observe the texture of the ground beneath your feet.  Have you ever looked at a snail trail, how it positively sparkles and glistens in the sun?  Notice the shape of the clouds in the sky and also the shape of the blue sky between them. 
Then, the next time you are painting waves at a Sociable Art event, try to recall exactly what the waves looked like the last time you visited the beach.  Think of how they behaved as they washed ashore and broke at sea.  In approaching your art in this way, you will be adding emotion and authenticity to your work.  I am convinced that trying to see things more fully will not only make you a better artist, but it will also make you appreciate the world around you. 
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts.  Next time we'll talk about fear and how it cripples the creative process and limits your enjoyment of life.  Sounds a bit heavy, but I promise to keep it light;)

5 Comments to Seeing Like an Artist:

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Cathy Porter on Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:40 AM
I just want a like button. Don't feel like I have anything to say necessarily, but want you to know I stopped by and liked your post. I do have these moments, despite having no idea about negative space, so there must be an artist in me too. :)
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Arianne on Monday, September 10, 2012 12:47 PM
Cathy, Thanks for reading my blog! I wish there was a like button too. In the future, if you have a moment to read a post, and you like it, just comment, "like";)

Купить Хостинг on Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:07 AM
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Stecy Saxton on Sunday, January 06, 2013 3:13 AM
Thought are nicely placed Arianne! I like the presentation and theme of the painting. I have an intense interest in painting but somehow it didn't make possible. However, I've enjoyed the review about painting and a painter's thinking style.
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