Saturday, February 11, 2006

No Straight Lines

In nature, a straight line is a rare thing. If it occurs, it is an anomaly. Organic objects are made of curves and bends and angles and lumps and bumps. The beauty of the natural world, is that all these imperfections, combine to create true beauty, and individuality. No two trees are exactly alike.

Artists rarely paint in straight lines. From the mind's eye, to the hand, to the brush, to the paint, to the canvas. The beautiful imperfections of the human soul are born. The physical expression of the emotion of the painter at the very moment of creation, is captured. Art is feeling. Art is mood. Art is human. Art is poetry.

"A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs." -Leonardo da Vinci
Art is often misunderstood. It is ridiculed and devalued. Our society places great emphasis on perfection. As a result, our children are growing up in a world of eating disorders, plastic surgery, and superficiality. Art can teach children how to focus on the beauty in our imperfections. It can teach them how to appreciate the natural world.
"I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting." Henri Matisse
Art is the physical expression of human emotion. It is the perfect expression of our imperfections, and the beauty of a world with very few straight lines.

1 comment:

Sajith said...

So this is your first post right?
You started with a nice thought..
Straight lines make nothing in this
Even the most beautiful women in this
world is made of curves..
Strange but true!
God wants us to change the imperfections to perfections right?