Lose yourself

Shaw Pond

Shaw Pond

Pinetum Lake

Pinetum Lake

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

Amen, Pablo—no truer words can be said.

For the artist, the creation of art can be therapeutic, a chance to shake off the day to day grind, the baggage of a fast-paced world with information overload.  The creation of art can give the artist a chance to breathe, a chance to get out and rehabilitate our senses.  I can feel so exhausted after a day of painting and completely refreshed all at the same time.

For the artist and art appreciator alike, art can stir emotion.  Art can take us to another place, time, or memory.  It can make us feel the soft summer breezes, the warmth of the sun, the cold of a snowflake, the chill of a fresh rain, smell the aroma of newly blooming wildflowers, or remember a place or person special to us.  Art can make us lose ourselves, even if just for a moment.

Take some time to lose yourself in some art—trust me!  You don’t have to go to a museum or “artsy fartsy” (as my fam describes it) gallery to lose yourself.  This is THE season for plein air in this area, get out there and watch art as a spectator sport.  Watch as an artist creates their own spin on a scene right before you.  If you can’t attend and watch, go to the show afterwards and see the finished pieces and meet the artist who created it.  Hear some of the stories of the process.  See if you can spot those paintings created during the prime mosquito and gnat hours or those that may have had a mishap and kissed the ground a time or two during creation.  Attend a local fine art/craft demo at some of the historical re-enactment events or grab some great food to munch on while browsing an outdoor art fair.

If public gatherings are not your “thing”—there are great online sites that post all levels of artwork on a daily basis.  Check out www.dailypaintworks.com  –while you’re there….look me up!

Now, get out there and lose yourself—either as an artist or appreciator!

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4 Responses to “Lose yourself”

  1. inari Says:

    Your work is lovely and what a coincidence, I have just read about dailypaintworks in a book. Glad I found your blog 🙂

  2. Denise Beckett Says:

    I can’t decide which is my favorite. Everything is so green and pretty…..and looks so peaceful!

    Looks like you “nailed” them both …….as far as your paintings go. Sooo fascinated with how someone can do this…… I’m the family member who nobody wants on their team in a game of Pictionary. Lol……

  3. veronicabrownart Says:

    Thanks Denise!

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