I’m gonna be an Artist ;)

It’s been burning in me all the while… I always tell myself “I don’t have it in me” 😦 

I think it’s time to let it out… I think it’s time to let my imagination and creativity shout. 😀

So… What is Art?

Art

We tend to think of visual art as decoration or collectibles, yet it serves many functions.

Art teaches us to see. Art helps define who we are and what we stand for. Art is an invitation to have a conversation.

Images communicate more powerfully than words and have a language of their own. Hence the saying “A picture paints a thousand words.” Coined by David Gates in the opening line of the song If, written in 1971. They are inherently rich in metaphor and symbolism.

Visualizing information helps us see patterns, make connections, think metaphorically, decipher complexity, discern emerging futures and create shared visions.

The images we create illustrate how differently we see things, and help us appreciate that many points of view contribute to the whole.

Its function is to express meaning – in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, the world we live in, and with God.

The arts lead us to wisdom and truth.

 Art in its essence embodies creativity, imagination and originality.

If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative.

“””””””””O”””'””””””’

Creativity?

Creativity can be defined as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea.

“Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being…creativity requires passion and commitment. Out of the creative act is born symbols and myths. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. The experience is one of heightened consciousness–ecstasy.
— Rollo May, The Courage to Create

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Imagination?

     Imagination is the ability to mentally visualize images and create things that are unique. It is illustrated through universal myth and the dreams of individuals.

    The concept of imagination has been defined as the capacity to think of things in terms of possibilities, and is a conscious and intentional act of mind as well as the source of new and useful ideas and things in a particular context or discipline (Egan:43). 

Without imagination to inspire us, evolution and development would cease to be, both in the Arts and how we live in this world. 

Egan, Kieran (1992)  A Very Short History of Imagination in Imagination in Teaching and Learning, London, Ontario, Althause Press.

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Originality?

Originality is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. The term “originality” is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers.

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Compiled for a research project a few years ago and it has inspired me ever since but I’ve only been using my imagination. Gonna start using my creativity now.

 

N’koma 

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