Felt or Flat

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller (from Skinnyartist)

If a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a story, a performance, a photograph is so beautiful it touches the heart, it is considered a great work of art. That description is the ultimate validation for the creator of the piece. How does an artist get to the place of creating works capable of touching the heart of the onlooker, reader, listener? As Helen Keller says, it must be felt with the heart. The act of making art must be approached from the goal of creating purely from the feelings of the heart.

Marla Hoover at The Arkansas Artist says, “I always try to paint what is in my heart at the time and I see so many ideas that I can’t seem to get them all out fast enough.” Ideas come from the inner artist, the one who resides in the heart. Ideas from the heart are felt rather than reasoned. Hoover goes on to describe the difficulty of painting what some one else has suggested. Some one else’s suggestion is coming from that person’s heart, not the artist’s heart. Drawing that distinction can be problematic.

Taking the time to listen and to feel the heart before creating art, can open the door to the flood of ideas. It doesn’t necessarily mean another person’s suggestion can’t be felt, it simply means it’s best for the artist to be sure his/her own heart is engaged in the process, as well. Art without the engagement of the heart is likely to lack the energy of feeling, leaving the artwork on the flat side. There’s not much that is beautiful in flat feeling-less art.

Monet’s gardens at Giverny were where his heart and his art were deeply felt.  For more on Monet’s gardens and his life at Giverny follow the link here.

11 responses to “Felt or Flat”

  1. YEESSSS! Running around in a circle and punching the air – I do so agree. I look at Damien Hirst’s art like that poor shark in formaldehyde and it turns my stomach. Art from the head, not the heart.

    1. Forgot to say, your comment yesterday got me thinking about the issue!

  2. Amazing and Inspiring….Great Post 🙂

  3. Your last sentence is too short. I am afraid people miss this introduction to Monet.

    1. Thank you for the input! I have just edited it. Let me know what you think.

      1. It’s fine now (only second Giverny misspelled). It is very important that you educate us in your posts (Brugel and here Monet).

      2. Thanks! I shouldn’t edit late at night!! That’s when I get careless!

      3. You are giving so much that a tiny misspelling is nothing. If there were more people like you our society would be considerably better.

      4. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that!

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