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”
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”
The first thing you see in this painting are just blues and whites wildly slathered on the plate, mixing with each other, dripping down, incised and elevated. It looks wild, chaotic and confusing.
Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – the fragile and the chaos”
The night is dark, a low mist obscures the black shapes of trees and bushes. The sky is covered with a thin cloak of clouds. There are no stars, but the moon shines brightly through a gap in the clouds. Continue reading “HOPE – light behind the dark”
The stillness is complete. Magestic icebergs float unmoving on still, reflecting water. In the distance, they slowly fade into the mist and clouds. The scene is motionless except for the soft wavering of clouds. The whole drawing conveys a feeling of quiet serenity and leads us into a moment of contemplation. Continue reading “APPRECIATE – the disappearing ice”
Two tiny figures are encircled by a landscape in motion. The waterfall behind them seems to fall right on top of them. The gigantic rock to the right looks about to topple over and squish them between it and the steep mountain cliffs on the left that are likewise sloping dangerously toward them. Continue reading “SELF-UNDERSTANDING – overwhelming”
The drooping eyes look tired, about to fall shut. There are deep shadows under her eyes and her hair hangs in flat streaks to both sides of her face. However, despite her weariness, her mouth is set determinedly and her chin raised in confidence. Continue reading “REMEMBER – worth fighting for”