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.
Alain de Botton introduces seven functions of art in the therapeutic sense: Continue reading “My blog’s concept: Art as Therapy”
Whichever belief you choose to follow, there is one thing that unites a great many of people – the awe and admiration of natural forces and wonders. We are all amazed and impressed by steep mountains, deep valleys, wide oceans, wild forests or quiet rolling hills. Continue reading “GROWTH – widen the concept of religion”
It’s October already, and the long brightness and warmth of summer has left us. Darkness meets us ever earlier every day. A cool breeze is blowing and there is more rain. Flowers wither and dry. Autumn is upon us. Continue reading “SORROW – at the end of summer”
The shell lies still in the shallow water, algae carressing it softly as the gentle waves sweep them back and forth. Looking at this painting, I feel as if I was diving. The water closes around my ears and cancels out all noise. All movement is slowed by the resistance of the water. The cool water embraces and refreshes me. A calmness settles around me. Continue reading “REBALANCE – strong as a sea shell”
The figure sits in a grey and desolate landscape, shoulders slumped in resignation. Hands hanging down, there is nothing they could do as they have no strength to hold anything. The arms and legs are mere bones, all flesh and strength wasted away. The face is obscured, black cloth hanging down the whole body like a shroud. Continue reading “SORROW – emptiness and desolation”
Our bodies are fascinating structures. While we are commonly used to looking for beauty in the overall outer shape, there is much to be found by looking closer – even on a cellular level. Continue reading “GROWTH – find beauty in pain”
How often do we rush over the marketplace, entirely focused on the shopping we need to do? If we notice the glowing colours at all, it is not for the beauty of the fruit and vegetables in itself but only to determine whether to buy them. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – a moment while shopping”
There is no better way to relax than in a hammock with a good book. Lacking these facilities, this watercolour painting at least brings the feeling to my mind. The light colours convey the refreshing calmness of a warm, slightly cloudy day without wind. The boats have docked for the day, the traffic on the river quieted. Time to relax. Continue reading “REBALANCING – in the hammock”