Editorial by - Tina Martin-Brown
When it comes to art what exactly does it mean to be gifted, and how does that compare to one who has simple artistic ability. Michael Angelo called the concept of being gifted meant also being tortured. He called it “his Agony and his Ecstasy”. For him being gifted was a double-edged sword. Many people with artistic gifts speak of the urgency and need for self expression. The need for expression is so great that their very life depends upon it. The need to allow the passion within the soul to be free through expression has been blamed for the insanity that has engulfed many great artists. The need to express the essence within ones own soul is what makes an artist great but the inability to do so can lead to depression, frustration and insanity. The true artist is one with his art. It is a way of revealing one’s very own soul to others, expressing the deepest wishes, desires and beliefs. It is true passion on display. To criticize the art is to criticize the artist. For many artists, artistic expression is what makes life worth living. It is where the center of the Universe lay. It is the “high” that no drug can compete with. Art can become the one true love of many artists, no human lover can compete with the intense passion that art inspires within the artist.
No matter what ails the artist, art is the greatest healer. Depression becomes a nostalgic heart felt painting, anger becomes a powerful expressive novel, a broken heart becomes a stirring love song. The emotions of the artist are expressed distinctly in the art. The expression becomes spiritual, it is a personal, intimate story that the artist is telling the world, revealing the naked soul to the eyes of the world. It can be pure joy or deep despair. Revealing the soul can be an act of great courage for the artist. To put such deep passion and vision into a work of art then have someone simply dismiss it with a wave of the hand can be a great disappointment for the artist. Art can be an artist’s sole way of expressing love and if that art is rejected it can be a mortal blow to the heart. Artists tend to see beyond “worldly” matters to the deeper meaning of life. This can make them feel “out of sync” with the rest of the world. Art is the bridge that connects them with the world they live in. In summary, most artists would say in essence, "Being an artist isn't something I chose to be or even want to be (sometimes it's so very painful); but it's what I HAVE to be. It's an itch I can't scratch enough, a constant monkey on my back. It's like a highly addictive drug and a lover combined; being without it is agony. It is the pain of pure pleasure. Even at the expense of what artist sometimes feels the world needs his gift and even his pain. Art is where humanity and divinity meet, the pure inspired beauty that art brings to life makes the world an exquisite place to be.
DarkAngel wrote 820 Days Ago (neutral)0You are so very right and I can totally relate to the ego shattering when you feel like you have just revealed a piece of your soul to someone and they do not react favorably, it can cut really deep. It is a wonderful to know how to express yourself in such a way that gives you so much pleasure. Thank you for reading the article and for your kind words.0 points Marco wrote 824 Days Ago (neutral)0Je suis en accord avec cet article moi même souffrant je ressent la nécessité de créer pour avoir un certain apaisement et peut être retrouver l'amour que je n'ai pas eu lorsque j’étais un enfant solitaire
I agree with this article I feel myself with the need to create for a soothing and can find the love I did not have when I was a lonely child
DarkAngel wrote 824 Days Ago (neutral)0I thank you all for replying and I respect your opinions. Please keep in mind that every individual is different. The article speaks to individuals who do feel gifted and the deep soul searching that is involved. No less for the artist who hones his skill over time or simply likes to paint, play music, dance. They are both artist with a lot to offer the world. Feel free to contact or discuss any issues with me in the future, I truly do appreciate and welcome your feed back0 points sudhirpillai wrote 825 Days Ago (neutral)0Dear Tina,
To me your passionate and well-written piece seems a highly romanticized view of art and the artist. Maybe because I fall under the category of someone with 'simple artistic ability'. I enjoy painting. Painting gives me great ecstasy and no agony. There is no search for spirituality and no attempt to reveal my soul. I love appreciation and truly welcome criticism.0 points
Vasily wrote 825 Days Ago (neutral)0Dear Tina,
Your article has amazed me with depth and accuracy of thought. I am agree with you all of 100 %!!! I read and was surprised, how much your thoughts coincide with mine!
You are the remarkable critic and the expert on human soul!
With the big respect
mchaccour wrote 825 Days Ago (neutral)0It is well said with a dramatic point of view, but as a pragmatic point of view, an Artistic creation starts off as an electrical spark in the brain. With a lot of dedication, will and hard work, it can take on a concrete form through the delicate merge of experience, savoir faire, knowledge, techniques and the proper environment together with the suitable manipulation of the right raw materials available.
EdLongueville wrote 825 Days Ago (neutral)0In my early years at the Art Academy, over beer and other things we asked ourselves the question " What is Art" we came up with many answers, mostly meaningless the next morning with sober thought. the above reminds me of some of these discussions, allthough one of the better ones. Nowadays I make it simple. As an artist I communicate with my art as it is my best way of communicating to you how and what I feel and think. If you don't get it, I have not failled . we just speak a different language.0 points Marguerite1997 wrote 825 Days Ago (neutral)0Wow, that is incredibly well written and informative. I rec'd a comment from a family member, who said they did not like my artwork and that she thought it was weird. My ego, being the fragile entity that encompasses us all, individually, was shattered. My artwork, enables me to express myself, where words can not reach. it embraces me, coddles me, heals me and brings me so much pleasure. As the article denotes, it truly is pure pleasure.0 points