Blending Reality with Truth and Emotion When Choosing a Subject for Art
There are really no clear-cut instructions for choosing a subject for art. Each artist is an individual with inner emotions and turmoil that are expressed in a work of art. Artists choose subjects that they regard as significant to them. This personal interpretation is what makes their art come alive and the truth come through. Artists communicate their feelings and poignant thoughts through their perspective of the subject, whether it is a forest of towering pines, clouds forming in a gray sky or the contemplative expression on an old man’s face.
Expressing Individuality through Planning
A work of art is not extemporaneous. Artists follow some type of personalized plan that effectively conveys what they want to tell their audience. Artists live in a mystifying world where their imaginations become reality as they put brush to canvas.Choosing a subject for art requires artists to use their individuality to design a method for outpouring their souls and transforming images into their singular truth.
Jackson Pollack, one of the most original American artists of this century spoke of his painting method, “When I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of the paint. . . There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end.”
Finding Ideas from Reality
Artists are always looking for inspiration from the reality of the world around them. They give new life and meaning to this reality by reshaping it into a new creation using imagination. When contemplating a new subject for their art, artists look inward for ideas where these ideas grow into expansive landscapes or blends of colors and designs that have an emotional impact on the artist and the viewer.
The curious and creative minds of artists open the door to new possibilities for subject matter. Reshaping reality with these ideas helps artists discover deeper meaning in the world, which leads to the creation of new works of art. Artists find material for their art through the reality of concrete images that they rearrange and illuminate through their art medium into an imaginary world of profound clarity with a life of its own.
It does not matter where artists find inspiration for their subject matter but how much emotion, expression and heart they put into it. Pablo Picasso summed it up when he said, “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso
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