Friday, August 30, 2013

Inner Art

I passed this car the other day and decided I just had to take a picture. I think that it belongs to a company the does art therapy sessions at the local hospital. Their name is a little redundant, though, because in a sense, isn't all art "inner." That is, ideas and the way we express these ideas spring, from a well deep within us.

Inner Art

OK, I know that some artists pander to the tastes of their purchasers and create works that people will buy. Monet, I believe was one of these. I can't say that of Van Gogh, because apparently he never sold a painting in his lifetime - very sad. Still the choice of subject, the techniques used and the particular style of a piece comes from somewhere within the artist.

Literature, as an art form, is the same. Words, subject matter, shape and genre are all selected by the author. I often read a poem or look at a painting and think of the artist as expressing his inner self. Some are really tortured souls, others are detached, often not actually a part of this world and still others are so involved in life, that their work is almost overwhelming.

When I arrived at the office the other day, I was caught in a heavy downpour. I decided to wait in my car until the worst of it had passed. Fortunately I had my camera with me and I amused myself by taking pictures. The rain on the window created "watery pictures" reminiscent of the French impressionist painters. Unfortunately the scenery was anything but romantic. Here's my parking spot sign through rain.

Watery Sign
It might have been more aesthetic, if it had been a lovely street scene. Oh well - art from within a car! Not actually inner art, but you get the idea :)

Have a great day!

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