It’s been a difficult year. Like so many Americans, my family and I have been deeply impacted by the issues surrounding the current President and the individuals who contribute to and enable his toxic and destructive practices. During this time I found myself drawing inward and worked on personal projects to help me process the rapid fire of events.
One project that I recently completed is 2020. The painting is a very powerful image of Trump, against a bleeding American flag. The flag contains the watchful presence of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an imprisoned child refugee, a haunting reminder of George Floyd and more than 50 subtle representations of individuals including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mike Pence.
In this post I’ve included supplemental images contains captions to help identify some individuals in the background. One image contains captions to better identify items in the background. The other two are details taken from my painting.
Art can link an emotion to an intended message. The power of artistic gifts is how they create a certain response that enhances the communication. For example, those who embrace spirituality in their lives might find dolphin art to have soothing and uplifting quality.
Artistic Gifts Leverage Communication
The power of artistic gifts is how they can leverage communication. Here’s an example. The most meaningful gifts I’ve received from my children are the handmade cards they made. Their handiwork touched me in a far deeper way than a store-bought gift.
Not everyone has the time or has cultivated their own talent to create artwork as gifts. Today we have the luxury of jumping online to purchase unique artistic gifts. The important thing is to choose the artwork that best delivers the emotional aspect of your message.
Artistic Gifts Say, “You Value Them!”
The power of artwork as gifts is in the way it says you value the recipient. It shows that you made the effort to find a unique gift and meaningful. It communicates how you feel about them. Giving artwork, even if you are not the artist, is a way to bestow original gifts to co-workers, friends and loved ones
Art includes a variety of things such as tapestry, metal working, poetry, drawings, music, carvings, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and many more other forms. The amazing characteristic of artwork is the unique quality. There are vast art forms and they are incredibly unique.
A Final Thought…
This post touched on leveraging artistic gifts to enhance communication, a critical aspect of society. It shows one more way how art changes the world.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when we say the word “caveman”? Usually one of the first mental images that pops up are cave drawings. Early man communicated in ways that we wouldn’t understand today, however most everyone through the ages understand imagery. The drawings could have been made as a way to communicate a situation to others, however in a historic sense, early man’s drawings have become powerful artistic gifts to us because the drawings give us insight to the life of cave dwellers.
Art has countless expressions in man’s cultures and societies.
What is your experience with giving or receiving artwork as gifts?
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As a Hawaii artist, I see art changing the world. I’ve learned that art is like an attitude. Positive or negative message, art can have an effect on people.
Being an artist, working in the field of art, has taught me to appreciate beauty and the positive things in life. I realize that every day we have a choice to be positive or negative. How we react, especially to undesirable conditions, is a choice.
Art Changing the World Is Like an Attitude
Art, like attitude, can be negative or positive. For example, there are songs common in punk rock and rap music that choose to be negative. They are hateful, degrading, insensitive and disrespectful. Negative art affects the human condition in a very powerful way resulting in violence, despair, destruction and pain. In this regard, art changing the world may not be a benefit.
Attitude is a choice we make every day. I’ve noticed that unhappy, negative people are generally insensitive, selfish, and disrespectful. I’ve also noticed that the happy positive people are sensitive, grateful, and respectful.
The world is full of good and bad, positive and negative, love and hate. We’ve all seen people, know people, even been people who have been negative. When you think about it, it’s easy to be negative. It’s easy to be selfish, insensitive, and disrespectful. It’s easy to think of yourself. It is much harder to be positive. Positive art can be the vehicle for art changing the world and providing beneficial outcomes for individuals.
Art Changing The World Has Taught Me Gratitude
As I developed as an artist, it seemed that I attracted people who were sensitive. I started to see that my clients and fans, many who became friends, were basically happy people. And I felt a strong sense of gratitude for having these kinds of people around me. When a client is sensitive they seem to appreciate the artwork more and on a deeper level they “feel” the art. Compassion, respect, forgiveness, kindness and humility all require sensitivity.
Thinking of others and helping others requires more thought and time. The beautiful thing about the choice is the reward, or the result. When making a decision, always think about the result. A negative decision will inevitably result with feelings of guilt, anger, anxiety, regret and low self-esteem. Choosing to be positive, although harder to do, always results in gratitude. Gratitude is the key to happiness. Having the discipline to be positive is the key to personal success.
The Art of Changing the World
In an earlier discussion I was said art affects the heart and can move out towards behavior. Art can change the world, it can move from the inward man to the outward. That is why we titled this blog “artheartheart” (art-the-earth-heart).
Let’s consider our time here on earth as a canvas to be painted. It may seem overwhelming at first. If we start with small brushstrokes we develop control and soon the canvas becomes art. We can change the world simply by being thankful.
What are your thoughts about art changing the world? Please feel free to leave your comments and share this with your friends.
I am off to create artwork. Art change the world!
Thomas Deir Studios