Art for Art's Sake
by Linda D. Shelton's Paint Box
Are you the artist having trouble getting started down the pathway of life with art? Just don't know where to begin the journey? I can tell you that the answer lies within you. It is as simple as looking, really looking with your eye to find your answer or perhaps, even find your calling.
- Art is the conscious use of skill acquired through experience, study or observation along with creative imagination in the production of aesthetic objects; be it fine art, jewelry, crafts, graphic arts, interiors or anything you might consider creditable. It is "art" for arts fine intention. It is something that can be appreciated at all levels regardless of expertise. It takes shape in the most simplistic aspects of everyday life from nature on into the home. It abounds within one and all from the heart.
- Everyone has the potential to be an artist but it does not just "happen". It is earned through repetitive practice in pursuit of proficiency and expertise. It takes a keen eye and a keen eye is a "trained" eye. It takes discipline.
- It is the nurturing of the eye through careful attention that "trains" it to answer the "why's" for which you gravitate towards a subject until it becomes more real to you. As you narrow it down, you become more focused on what you are observing. It is simply through observation that which can trigger emotions for the creative process to begin. It can begin at any level where you feel comfortable and develop with application.
- The "why's" are answered through more astute perception of the observed until it becomes a reality in your own mind. Once a reality in your mind, the discerning eye allows you the freedom to create. Creating is spontaneous. It is when the eye filters out everything but the idea for which is intended to be focused on.
- Art begins with the idea and its purpose or aim is refined through the creative process. It is the practice of continual correction until the idea which is intended comes into focus. At this point, you become free to make your effort for the sake of art.
- The creative act is appreciated and valued by those who browse art in awe of the works shown. It is participated in by the artists whose works have gone through the process. The creative process is the endeavor of universal inspiration for art's sake. It is the language of art.
- If you think you won't venture out; you don't, and if you think you can't, you won't. But if you try, you just might answer the "why's" in your eye and experience art for art's sake. There is an artist in everyone.