Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Art of Appreciation



"Dwell on the beauty of life.  Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."
-Marcus Aurelius 

     An elderly, liberal, and art enthusiastic woman named Anne once taught me how to appreciate.  Together on her couch amidst her quaint art filled home, we read books on the lives of the world's most famous artists from Vincent Van Gogh to Roy Litchenstein.  We discussed poetry and its infinite hidden meanings.  She defined the importance of having a broad vocabulary.  She talked about the places and countries she wanted me to visit like the world was small and everything was possible.  Phenomenal woman she is.


     Hello, friends!  How are you?  It's been longer than it should have been since last seeing you but in my defense, I've been suffering from major anxiety (which is all new to me), so imagine wanting to post, but your brain keeps telling you that nothing's good enough and you're going to fail.  Oh, yes.  It is as dreadful as it sounds! 
     So as you've read above, I met Anne, this extraordinary retired art teacher, who gave me art lessons for six weeks.  My sessions with her have since ended a few months ago and I've been missing them and her dearly.  Luckily, I have this cool cousin who I share the same interests with.  Kayla and I have made a plan to, in a way, continue from where I left off with Anne.  You're more than welcome to join us!

The plan:  

Choose an artist.

Study their life and art.

Watch a film based off their life if there is one.

Paint at least one painting based off or inspired by the chosen artist.



     My time with Anne has changed my perception of many things in my life.  Not once does the thought, Wow, this looks like something I drew when I was five, ever cross my mind anymore when I walk into an art museum.  I actually appreciate poetry too, which is not something I was very good at.  Lastly, words, baby.  I have always loved them but Anne's taught me to use them in public more.  It's actually a very satisfying feeling to see someone stare back at you with a puzzled look because they have no idea what you just said nor what it means.  I'll say it again, join us.  Start at art, move to poetry, and then study a dictionary.  Just kidding, that last one is optional.  

     Just remember, there is the art to create and the art to appreciate.  It makes all the difference.

Dream big, Darlings!