9 – 15 October 2016
Seven more days into the Inktober challenge made me reflect more on how I am using my talents and skills.
Art is one of the ways of self-expression. Melancholy, discontent, pain and angst usually finds their way into paper. Some will turn to art during moments when no words can explain how you are feeling. People also rely on art when they cannot verbalize the things they want to express.
Channeling thoughts and emotions through art can therapeutic as it helps the person to release those bottled up feelings. Some would share these to a community of people and in turn, they find support from people who is undergoing the same issues.
Before photography has been more accessible to people, art has been utilized to capture people, places and specific moments in time. Portraits is a common way in which artists practice their skill.
Sketching scenes in public areas or urban sketching has also been popular as several groups would set up sketch walks.
Art can also serve as a vessel of message. Artists creates artworks to convey his views on sociopolitical issues. They can also create a call to action. Artworks can also be a way to educate people, not just in illustrations found in textbooks.
Art can also be used to inspire – to give enlightenment and hope.
As I try to learn more about how I am as an artist, it has been impressed in my mind that there should be more to art than just creating aesthetically pleasing things. I want see art incorporated and appreciated in the lives of many people. I believe that art can help people see the beauty and could help uplift them especially during times when life seems grim. There is an ache in my heart whenever I see or hear or feel like Art is considered to be a luxury.
Whether through pieces that captures scenes or people, or create works that aim to inspire and uplift people, I shall continue creating art in the hope that, in my own little way, I can help touch hearts and lives.