I was scrolling through Facebook like I normally do and one day I came across this meme on my newsfeed, and I couldn’t agree more with this statement. Art IS magic. That’s why I have this blog, and it’s the reason I love art. I love all types of art…literature, music, dance, visual art. Like this meme points out art has the ability to evoke so many emotions and it has the ability to manipulate emotions. Art is a window into the human psyche. It’s just so fundamental to society. Art often makes me feel something on a spiritual level anf I look within myself to analyze what I get out of it. I will always have an appreciation for art and the magic that transcends from its beauty.
It’s amazing the effect that art has on society and how common it is in every day things. There’s the obvious art of course that you find on art canvases and drawings, but have you ever thought abt makeup as art or home decor even? It’s true! Decorating your home is all about aesthetics…creating the best possible look that appeals to your sense of style. Makeup is also a form of artistic expression. Some people go for the more natural, sun-kissed look amd some people go for the bolder colors that pop. Art is an important aspect of life. There’s no getting around it.
So I belong to this Facebook group called “Artists Trying to Make a Living Creating Art” and I tell you there’s nothing like scrolling through my news feed and coming across beautiful artwork. The other day I came across this masterpiece and I thought it was stunning and who doesn’t love Prince? The artist’s Facebook name is John Mark and he gace me permission to boast about his work on my blog. What really stands out to me about this portrait is the different shades of purple and it looks so textured like you ciuld just reach out and touch the paint. I am always in awe of other artists, and I regret that I’m not a visual artist myself but being a part of this group makes me want to pick up a sketch pad, pencils, and paint brushes and take a shot at it. John Mark has other artwork similar to this and just as beautiful. You should check out his artwork. Please do. We need to support art and other artists.
To answer my own question I have to go with the latter. I see tattoos as a form of expression. I’m aware that this can be a generational thing at times or maybe it’s just a personal preference because both of my parents have tattoos and when I see well done tattoos I don’t see them as a waste. I see them as beautiful works of art because I have seen some tattoos that are really stunning. I have no tattoos but I’ve been thinking abt getting two or three. I would like a female lion tattoo with a sunflower crown, a dreamcatcher, and a tattoo that shows my love of music. The thing about tattoos is that they can be silly and have no meaning at all but they can also have super sentimental meaning like remembering a loved one or parents who get tattoos of their children’s names. My dad has my named tattooed on him in a heart! I want a lion tattoo with a sunflower crown because I’m a Leo and I love sunflowers and I had a friend that used to call me Sunflower and I love dreamcatchers and music is so important to me if you can’t tell by my blog. Hopefully some day soon I’ll get my tattoos.
I consider art a broad spectrum. So many things can be considered art such as music, painting, sketches, dancing, and writing. What about fashion though? I think fashion fits all of the elements of art. We’re talking about dealing with colors, patterns, styles, and textures. You mix the right colors, patterns, styles, and textures you come out with a stunning outfit. Also, like the other traditional art forms fashion is a form of expression. Who doesn’t express themselves through the style of clothes they wear? Often times I have dressed to fit my mood. Sometimes I may feel like a hipster so I throw my little beanie on. Sometimes I may feel a little afrocentric so I let my fro loose and wear some big hoop earrings. It’s all about how the clothes make you feel and how you want to express yourself. Also, much like art, fashion can make a statement whether it be political or social. Think about the #BlackLivesMatter shirts or even shirts that promote your favorite band. Fashion is all worth it because it’s your own form of expression.
My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after his freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards. Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saying that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.
Hi, all! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve contributed something to my blog. I wanted to write something today. As you know I’m a creative person. I love anything having to do with the arts (obviously….) But anywho I’m one of those people who’s never satisfied with doing one thing and sticking with it. I have so many things that I want to learn and do! I mean the world is so big and you’ll never learn everything that the world has to offer, but I always get excited about the possibilities. Like right now there are so many instruments that I would love to have and learn to play. Right now I want to learn how to play the guitar and the violin. I also want to get back into the tenor sax. I played that for 8th grade jazz band and haven’t played it since but I would love to pick that back up. I already have a clarinet but honestly I would love to get a newer one. The one I have I’ve had it since the 6th grade, so it’s time for an upgrade but not just instruments…I would love to learn photography but quickly realized that photography equipment can be expensive but someday I will get that equipment. I downloaded a bunch of photography books on my Kindle. I think I just get excited about new ways to express myself. Art is such a wonderful way to express myself. I already do that with writing, but I want to broaden my scope and dabble in so much more. Interestingly, though, they actually have a name for people like me. It’s called being a scanner, and it’s an interesting concept. Below I’ve attached an article that explains it in more detail.
I’m what some people might call a scanner and I’m also an INFP based off of my Myers-Briggs personality test. A scanner essentially is someone that’s always finding new hobbies to get involved in and usually can’t stick to one thing. That’s me! And INFPs are usually drawn to craetivity. I feel like I’m always looking for artistic ways to express myself. I mean art really holds a special place in my heart and I tend to move from one thing to another. Some may find that inconsistent or a bad habit because I never finish anything I start, and I admit sometimes I even feel bad for this personality trait but you know what? I shouldn’t. It just means I’m willing to try new things and I get easily excited and want to try EVERYTHING! Recently, I’ve been wanting to teach myself how to play the guitar. I also want to get into photography and making jewelry. I feel like I’m always looking for new artistic ways to express myself, to explore all of my potential. Who knows? I might turn out to be an amazing photographer. It’s just something that I’ve never tried. The only reason I haven’t started with some of these hobbies is because of a lack of funds. I’ve found that photography can be quite expensive and I also have to buy a guitar, so once I get my funds that’ll be something new for me to do. I’m really excited! Art is the beauty of life.
In my last blog post I mentioned how music is supposed to be a platform for important issues, but now I want to go more in depth with that thought. More than just music I believe all art forms can be used to highlight important social and political issues. I instantly think of art such as the well-known advertisement of Rosie the Riveter that was all the rage in World War II. That art was a representation of the women during WWII who had to work in the factories and take other “man” jobs because all of the men were away from home in the military. Rosie the Riveter is frequently used as a symbol of feminism. today Don’t get me wrong. All music doesn’t have to have deep thought, but the music today has become so ridiculous that a lot of today’s artists have forgotten the art of music. Art also doesn’t just have to deal with social and political issues but it can also be a platform for personal issues. We know a lot of artists who go through breakups and create amazing songs out of that heartbreak. I’m looking at you Adele and people can relate to that. I think that an artist that is relatable is important, but not only with music. I could say the same about any art form such as writing, visual art, dance, and so forth. All art has the power to incite change and I think artists have a duty to their audiences to make something worth listening to. The same thing goes for my writing. I try to use my writing as a platform to discuss how I’m feeling. Below I have attached three different types of art with a message…Rosie the Riveter, Alessia Cara’s song and video “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and a link to my poem “Black and Blue,” which is a poem that I wrote about domestic violence. Art takes many forms.