“A drawing is a line going for a walk.” – Paul Klee
“Imagination is only intelligence having fun”- George Scialabba
“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso
What a better way to introduce a subject than with music to your ears… Accompany your hearing sense with your reading experience!
Arteuphoria is one of the various simple activities or experiences which can result in mental satisfaction. In fact, the observer or consumer of art, as much as the artist him or her self can enjoy the taste, beauty & value of art. When thinking about art, many minds can think in terms of paintings, drawings &/or pictures… Indeed, these reflect great examples of art! However, such narrower thinking perspective may result in the misinterpretation or misconception of many. Some consider themselves not inclined or not art-oriented. A person is definitely free to say that he or she does not enjoy the taste of Art. But let’s think about it for a moment… What do paintings, drawings, writings, houses, clothes, songs, nature, objects, cars, brands, jewelries, websites and non concrete things such as ideas & theories & so much more have in common? The answer is predictable given the context of this page, but the main reason for this question of mine is to allow you to really think of how Art, is indeed really a common design feature shared by all of the examples that I listed. In other words, one needs not have paintings at home, visit museums or even have tattoos on his or her skin to be considered “artsy”. The opposite is also true. A person who enjoys hanging paintings on his or her walls to decorate his or her household may not necessarily be doing so based on true appreciation of art! The following is addressed to everyone along the continuum: (From the loud to the more silent expressers & from the art lovers all the way to the unaware admirers of Art!
The intention & motive of my Website/blog now comes into play. In the about me section I have written that one of my goals is to explore concepts by expanding the thinking of the mind above & beyond the box to which it may be confined to. Thus, to elaborate on why I believe everyone, to some degree, is an admirer of art here is how Wikipedia defines Art; “Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions & intellect.” With this definition in mind, it is more understandable that art ranges across different activities, creations & expressions. Art is everywhere around us, only if we can or decide to perceive it! If art can affect more than one of our senses, then it can be tasted as much as it can be seen! Gastronomic restaurants are a great example of food art. To go further from the typical concept, let’s explore one of the less obvious expressions of art: brands.
How do brands even tie in to this discussion? As one marketer once said: “whereas products are made in factories, brands are built in the mind”. “Brand is the personality that identifies a product, service or company with its name, term, sign, symbol, or design, or combination of them.” Wikipedia. As stated in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, Research has found that 80% of brand recognition is based on colour! Such finding may expand our horizons into seeing the many facets of art & also to become aware of how our minds react to art with or without our awareness. A large number of research has found that brands, like us, have personalities. In fact, a person’s personality will pull them toward a particular brand & liking or wearing a brand can express personality. Like art, brands affect senses, emotions & intellect! One must remember, art is everywhere, only if one decides to see it!
I, myself, am a passionate admirer & I practice different kinds of art (if this can be said). The main type of art that I exercise is my imagination! I then transform my creativity across different artisitc fields such as composing music, writing, photography & more. Arteuphoria will give you a sense of how I concretize my abstract thoughts into drawing while remaining in the abstract mode. A drawing is a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts. Abstract art uses a visual language of form, colour & line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual reality. I enjoy departing from realistic representations by slightly, partially, or completely altering them! I strongly believe that abstract art tends to appeal to the observers as much as it appeals to its’ artist. The beauty of abstract work is that the same thing, such as a drawing, can have different interpretations & meanings. There is no right or wrong! People are free to see what their minds read. This is what attracts me to the abstract form of art!
Thus, my new self challenge consists in creating or posting an abstract drawing of mine every day of May 2011. Some have taken me less than 10 minutes to draw while others have taken more of my time. What determines the length of time? It is a hard question to answer given that there are many potential explanation factors. Abstract drawing is another way by which my mind expresses itself the write way! Non-conscious or subconscious while in the process of drawing, here is the result of my mind’s control on my right hand, which in turn is transforms into energy when in contact with my pens! Arteuphoriais my mind’s say, the artistic way! The answers to Why have I choosen to do this? What has this self-set-challenge made me realize or help me understand? What have I learnt from posting an abstract drawing a day for May 2011, will be answered at the end.
Feel free to provide me with your feedback by rating & commenting at the end of this page. You may also share your own Arteuphoria!
Day 30: May 31st 2011 : Arteuphoria Mission Accomplished (This is my latest & last abstract drawing) revealed!
Since drawings are not designed only on paper… Changing context is a great way for task self exploration & self understanding. Art is limitless!
Why have I choosen to do this? What has this self-set-challenge made me realize or help me understand? What have I learnt from posting an abstract drawing a day for May 2011? Answers to be found below, under Day 1 :) For now, with music on, enjoy my Arteuphoria Gallery !
Day 29: May 30th 2011 (Abstract drawing done on a mirror, officially the hardest drawing I’ve done this month)
Day 28: May 29th 2011 (Abstract drawing liked by someone & thus, given as a gift to this someone :) )
Day 27: May 28th 2011
Day 26: May 27th 2011
Day 25: May 26th 2011
Day 24: May 25th 2011 – Happy Birth Day Baba (dad) :) (You’ll notice I wrote Baba at the bottom left) I love you :D
Day 23: May 24th 2011
Day 22: May 23rd 2011: Abstract Drawing done on my thigh.
Day 21: May 22nd 2011
Day 20: May 21s 2011t: Drawn on my mother’s thigh!
Day 19: May 20th 2011
Day 18: May 19th 2011
Day 17: May 18th 2011
Day 16: May 17th 2011
Day 15: May 16th 2011
Day 14: May 15th 2011
Day 13: May 14th 2011
Day 12: May 13th 2011
Day 11: May 12th 2011
Day 10: May 11th 2011
Day 9: May 10th 2011
Day 8: May 9th 2011
Day 7: May 8th 2011
Day 6: May 7th 2011
Day 5: May 6th 2011
Day 4: May 5th 2o11 (Drawing edited in negative mode)
Day 3: May 4th 2011
Day 2: May 3rd 2011
Day 1: May 2nd 2011
So which of my abstract drawing is your favorite? Why is it your favorite?
Arteuphoria? Why have I choosen to do this? What has this self-set-challenge made me realize or help me understand? What have I learnt from posting anabstract drawing a day for May 2011?
Many of you may have the same tendency as me: Drawing on paper when on the phone or when thinking of something else. Such drawings are interesting because they are drawn without your full level of consciousness. In other words, your hand is taking a line for a walk to an unknown destination. Have you ever taken a break & explored what you drew? The next time it happens, look at your drawing after you hang up or when you come back from the moon thinking.. Abstract drawings can reflect what the mind has to say in a non concrete way. It is astonishing to see what your mind can make you draw without you being entirely aware of the what is happening. Therefore, Arteuphoria is the mind’s say, the artistic way. After completing a quote a day for the month of April Writeuphoria, I decided to set an interesting challenge for myself & attempt to make an abstract drawing everyday.
Posting your artwork everyday is not as easy as it may sound. The fact that it is a fun activity overshadows the “working under pressure” aspect of it. But why do I say Working under pressure? What do I mean? The pressure consists of determination or simply never letting a day go by without a post (in this case, a drawing). It is a wonderful experience that can help test how to never give up on something you truly want to achieve! Many, such as those who write articles in magazines, journalists who write in the newspaper, those who present the weather forecast on TV, those who need to daily update a website & more all have daily tasks of presenting something to the world. After testing myself twice now (Arteuphoria & Writeuphoria) & by putting myself in their shoes I can say that The experience is great, the adrenaline is amazing & the results are fascinating! One can learn so much from such an experience. Although the experience may vary from one to another, the message that I am trying to get across to you is simple: if you have the general tendency to give up easily on things & are willing to change for the better, you can try to train yourself on simple daily tasks. It could be with anything! Readiness, Willingness, Motivation & Belief in your own capabilities are the most important tools you need in every thing you wish to achieve in life.
What have I realized? First, I realized that my drawings are now attached to the moment in which the drawing took place. Even with 30 different drawings, I am better able to identify where I was, my thoughts, my feelings, the music I was listening to while in the process of Art making better than identifying what I see in my own drawings! This explains why I need your eyes to tell me how they read and interpret my art. The beauty of abstract drawings is that one drawing can be seen & interpreted differently.
As Einstein said, “once you know your limits, you go beyond them”! Without this challenge, I would have never known how far I could have gotten with the art of drawing!
Questions to you: What do you base yourself on when choosing your favorite drawing (s)?… Is it really the details? or the color? the Illusion in the drawing or the shapes?Which is your best & least liked abstract drawing?
**Thanks for the feedback, comments that I have received in verbal, by messages or on Facebook! It is truly appreciated :)
Let me know what you see in what I drew! Feel free to share your mind’s say, the write way!