One of the best solutions for feeling like something is missing in life, is introducing art. Art doesn’t just refer to grabbing a set of paints and a good canvas. It symbolises anything creative and beautiful that can bring a sense of happiness and satisfaction into your life. Bringing art into your life may feel a little difficult, especially if you have zero knowledge about art and the furthest you know is the pictures hanging in those sparse galleries on the high street. Taking the time to make room in your life to educate yourself on art and how it can make you feel is important for feeling whole. When you hear music that makes you well up with emotion, that’s art having an impact on your life. When you see a piece of graffiti that resonates for you and doesn’t just look like scrawl, that’s art. When you go to a restaurant full of beautiful food and you appreciate every sensation and taste, that’s art. It takes some time to learn to appreciate it, but when you do a whole world can open up for you.
Art is often seen as optional in life. In school, the subjects that are on offer as essentials always fall around math, science and literature rather than painting, pottery and learning to play an instrument. From a young age, we have it drummed into us to be practical, to think ahead when it comes to our careers and we are taught that a career is only worthwhile if the salary can support a very comfortable lifestyle. An artistic career is scoffed at for being a ‘doss’ option, meaning that it’s not worthy of your time and won’t progress you to CEO in a company. The thing is, if your passion lies around photography and becoming the next Peter Lik, then why shouldn’t you reach for the sky – and the latest camera – and hit your goals? Art shouldn’t be an option and creativity is something that should be nurtured and celebrated, not stamped out and made out like a lesser option because someone else says so. The important thing is to work out ways you can introduce more art into your life and capitalising on it. It doesn’t have to be difficult and you don’t have to change career to embrace the artistic streak within you. There are, however, ways you can bring art into your life and make it part of your day to day living.
Notice Art. If you spend your days moving from your commute, to the office, to the commute, to collapsing in bed, you’re likely not to notice anything more than that. Getting out of your head – and your iPad – and looking at the world as you go from place to place can help you notice the art that is everywhere. You’re just missing it. The architecture of the buildings on your way to work is often intricate and can be an excellent way to learn about the culture of the area you work in and what it used to be. Take the time to detour on your way to work via a park. In the early morning light, you could take some stunning photos of the scenery that you have the privilege of enjoying, which can make for an excellent addition to the walls of your home. Notice art wherever you go and make a point of talking about what you’ve noticed to those around you.
Bucket List It. Life is full of stress and if you aren’t taking the time to notice the art in the world around you, you’re going to miss it. Sit down and make a list of all the films that you missed this year that won an Oscar. You may not understand why they won an Oscar, especially if the latest action hero isn’t starring in them, but making a point of branching out and watching new movies can expand your horizons. Check out this book list of the latest great novels and plan to read them. Artistic works should be paid some attention, as you will give yourself a little culture. Making a bucket list of books, movies and concerts you want to attend is the first step: art always requires a little planning to give it room in your life.
Take A Break. Rewind time a little bit and think back to when you were more carefree – likely childhood. Did you have a passion for painting or pottery? Did you enjoy learning the piano or oboe? Go back in time and revisit that passion you once had. Pick up the watercolours and a sturdy canvas and go to your favourite beach. Breathe in the smells and listen to the sounds around you and watch that translate from your paintbrush. Look at the colours of the sunrise and really pay attention to the blend from orange to red to early morning dawn. You can really have your breath taken away simply by taking a break from your grey and grim commute to work and getting back to the things you loved the most. Art was always around you, you just have to stop and pay some attention to it.
Make Your Own. You can head to exhibitions and fashion shows for inspiration, but making your own art is the best way to immerse yourself in something new. Find a pattern for a scarf and teach yourself to knit. Use your hands to make a five-course meal and find pleasure in the artful preparation of each dish. Creating art from your own ideas and making it a reality can really change the way you view life. Take out your creativity on your home and redecorate every room of the house. Don’t be put off by opinions when the art that you make with your own two hands is a fantastic way to showcase your imagination.
Whichever way you view it, art is a part of our lives. You just have to make a little room and be more than just a novice.