Art is a great expenditure of time and effort for only a moment’s worth
of notice, or maybe not. It could also be as simple as the sign of the
fish or a single printed image repeated thousands of times.
Should art be representative, political, or just beautiful? Should art
express the emotions of the creator, or evoke them from the
observer? Can it be understood, or not? Maybe it should just be what
the creator or interpreter finds it to be.
Art can be found in nature, such as the beauty of a mountain range or
carved by humans into the side of one. Art is not exclusive to humans
either; the bower birds of Madagascar are one example of animal
artists. They construct elaborate structures to attract a mate.
As permanent as we would like for art to be, one must realize that
nothing lasts forever. Natural forces will rule earth well beyond our
time. The Buddhist sand paintings are an embrace of this reality and
will remain intricately beautiful in our minds – long after the last grains
of colored sand are swept away.
There is art that cannot be seen; such as the design of our roads and
structure of our buildings. Yet we benefit from the fruits of such labor
every day. Art can be found in mundane movement like masonry or
practiced and perfected like a dance.
Art can even be consumed! Are you hungry? The art of wine making
and brewing is enjoyed by many people all over the world.
Any kind of entertainment or expression can lead to an art habit.
Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars are spent to create ads to
perpetuate our economy. I can’t imagine what the internet would really
cost if people were not trying to sell each other stuff online.
Some would even suggest that art could be applied to war. This is
false. War is about destruction. Art is about creation. War is ugly but
if art is ugly something has still been created.
Anyone can create art. The trick is to find the right people who like it.
My mother says that I have been artistically inclined since I was a
child. I have been expressing myself visually for some time. I have so
many things that I would like to work on and create; however, life is
haunted by the specter of withering time. Work, bills, friends and
family all take time and resources – but are not to be resented.
If the balance of life and living were easy then what would motivate an
artist to create? Some of my work takes me away from my problems
while some of it reflects my thoughts about them. Sometimes I want to
be challenged so I try for realism and detail; while at other times, I just
feel like playing with a medium to see what comes about from
experimentation. Sometimes I like to get three dimensional and create
sculpture. “If only I had more time,” is a constant mantra that ticks in
the back of my mind like a clock winding down.
I have seen my art get stolen, deteriorate, erode, and destroyed. I
have also seen my art appreciated and admired. Some artists are
concerned about how the observer feels, and some are not. I see ‘art’
as a byproduct of time well spent and enjoyed. An artist can
sometimes appreciate the work that goes into ‘art’ more than the final
When I visited the Vatican at Rome, I admired the sculpted works of
Michelangelo. I would not want such an incredible sculpture in my
front yard! But I cannot imagine the efforts taken to carve the cuticles
of the nail beds into the marble fingers of some of the most amazing
artwork I have ever seen.
I hope you enjoy my art and would like to see some of it or something
like it in your home.
-Phillip Browne firstname.lastname@example.org