Art Is – Learning To See

Art is learning how to see.

Life is interpreted by touch.  Our visual perceptions are hijacked by physical experience at a very early age so we stop seeing impressions of shape, line and color apart from the value which touch and motion through space give them.

Stop and pay attention.  See shape and color as if on a flat background.  We begin to see in a new way – in a way that allows for new methods of interpretation.

Here’s a quick practice in “seeing” – turn the world upside down.

Bend over with your feet about shoulder width apart.  Now, look though them as they frame the view OR turn photos upside down.  You’ll see new details you hadn’t noticed before.

I love the previously posted video which illustrates this concept perfectly…

She String

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Encaustic paint is my medium of choice. While I enjoy printmaking, mixed media and traditional paint, encaustic holds a special place in my creative heart. I love the smell of it, the texture of it, and especially the vibrancy and heat of it – I am a fire sign, after all. My latest flight of heated fancy is what I call She String; a translation of Bojana Randall’s painting “She is Violin” to wax.