This art blog is inspired by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book “Art as Therapy“. The book introduces a new mindset in looking at art. It argues that we should use art as a form of therapy to improve our personal life experience, find answers to our questions, help us solve our problems. Art can help us to be good persons, and even push us to improve as a society.
With this approach, it does not matter whether you know much about the life of the artist, the philosophy behind the style or the historical background of the motive. You do not need a sign next to the painting, telling you what to think and feel. The important part is what you see in the artwork, what it makes you feel and how it can help you.
Sometimes we glance at a piece of art and we just don’t understand it. Here we have a confusing array of black and white shapes criss-crossing each other. The pattern is restive, somewhat uneasy to the eyes. It is easy to dismiss it at this point, however we are going to be open and try to understand it.Continue reading “GROWTH – taking time to understand”
Last night was Earth hour, so today’s post is embracing trees – literally. Bronze sculptures sit on small green hills, each embracing a tree. Their eyes are closed in meditation. On their bodies are the names of artists, musicians and writers. The scene is so contemplative that you feel like sitting down and hugging a tree yourself.Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – our soul grows on”
As soon as you walk into this monumental building, the light strikes you with all its power and colour. In the afternoon, the sun is shining through stained glass in yellow, orange and red shades and casts patterns of bright colour on the tall, tree-like columns.Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the power of light”
A beautiful summer day invites you into the garden to enjoy the day with your favourite pastimes. There is much to see. Colourful branches, leaves and flowers point your eyes into the centre to a man on a wicker chair, drawing or writing.Continue reading “REBALANCING – the garden bubble”
Swedish artist Georg Pauli said about this painting “A beauty that comes and disappears and returns again”. Indeed the figure appears elusive. Your eyes move over the painting and you discern shapes of legs and arms that seem to fade in and out of an abstract background. While you are focusing on her face, her legs disintegrate into unidentified shapes and colours. You never perceive the woman as a whole.Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – body perception”
Pale greenish shrouds hang quietly from top to bottom. Figures turn away from you and head into the tangle, dissolving and dissipating into the background even while they are standing still – as if it was you who is moving away.Continue reading “REMEMBER – those who stay”
This dynamic painting is full of energy, as if Bruce Lee was moving right out towards you. It is composed of flickering spots – and if you look closely and read about the painting, you find out that it was painted not with a brush, but with karate chops!Continue reading “GROWTH – embrace your limits”
Two sketchy, colourless figures are sitting inside a black boat with a grey sail. Around them, however, the colours explode. You can just guess a smooth, reflecting water surface and a low horizon – beyond that the colours have no connection to real observation. The strongest, brightest pastels mix in the sky like an explosion.Continue reading “HOPE – the way into colour”