Get Art Smart
“I think too much when I paint, and I don’t enjoy that,” complains a retired artist at the Prescott Phippen Museum’s 35th Annual Western Art Show on Memorial Day weekend.
She walks with me into a folk art booth and stares for a while at a painting representing nature and animals.
“I wonder what that means,” she says, feeling the frame and staring into the details of the art.
Her friend Linda stands by enjoying an intricate painting of a tree with many branches and advises her to stop thinking, “Just feel the art,” she says.
The retired artist laughs and agrees. She tells of how she quit painting because she was thinking too much about her themes, getting frustrated and not feeling inspired.
I too agree that there is a special magic in feeling rather than thinking.
Feeling the art and beauty in life is so much more enjoyable than thinking and analyzing about it. So, to get art smart or to get the best out of your art experience- Feel; don’t think!