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Creative Spirit Blog August 28, 2021 The Oneness of Life and Art

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

I sat down to write this week about exploring new areas in your art journey. Then I read an article about Leonard Bernstein and my thought process changed. He considered the power of art to be a medium of love that confers dignity upon existence – our own and each others. “I believe in man’s unconscious mind, the deep spring from which comes his power to communicate and to love. For me all art is a combination of these powers.” This got me thinking about the oneness of art and life.”

Many people seem to think that art is a luxury, imported and tacked on to life. They fail to realize how art impacts their daily lives. Everyone uses art on a continual basis. Society relies on art, in all of its forms.

Art springs out of the very stuff that life is made of. The creative process springs out of the fullness and the richness of our life and the experiences we have. Art is what makes human beings special.

Art is life!” No matter how fragile the times, art is a testimony of the human condition. It records our history and it encompasses our: hardships, emotions, questions, decisions, perceptions.

Imagine a world where the creative spirit didn’t exist. Without it, we would still be living primitively. As crazy as that seems. Anything that has been built or has been made by man, is an artistic creation based on the imagination of the human mind. I wonder how many people think about the fact that all of what we have, is because of our inborn creativity.

I would imagine that nature with its rich colors, beautiful lines, interesting shapes, and textures is what inspired the creative process in primitive man to go beyond making things just for survival. To start drawing and story telling.

Art forces people to look beyond that which is necessary to survive and leads people to create for the sake of expression and meaning. As we continue our journey in a fast-paced culture with moments of quick decisions and fragmented thoughts, art allows every moment to be memorable. The arts help us understanding our emotions, help us heal, grow, and improve ourselves. Increasing our self-awareness through art can lead to more success personally and professionally

Art is everywhere, influencing us daily, whether we realize it or not. It has a oneness with life. With the art that we are surrounded by, whether it’s a painting, sculpture, music, dance, drama, literature, they are having a huge impact on our mood and emotions. Just as there “being” is recording our history…leaving artistic footprints in the sands of time.

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.” John Lubbock

Observe, and appreciate the art that surrounds you. Stay safe. Carolyn


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