Thursday, January 17, 2008
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Behold my amateur photography efforts to show you some of the art displayed on the walls in my home.
(Be thankful I am not displaying my own artistic work again.)
Picture # 1 is a favourite. I’m unable to explain why. I just happen to like the visual effects. For all I know, it could be a rendition of the apocalypse or interesting blood splatter from a gruesome death. No matter. I don’t feel obliged to explain my reasons for liking abstract art – or any art. It either speaks to you at some level or it doesn’t.
Picture # 2 is my VERY favourite. It too appears to be a work of abstract art. Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to describe this as an example of impressionism since it actually is a five year old’s impression of an outdoor scene. (From the collection: Sam Stewart – The Early Years.)
This particular artist did not trust the general public to understand the meaning behind his art. He provided an explanation.
“I am on this side of East.
It is night time.”
However, it is left up to the observer to wonder why the sun is shining during the night and to contemplate what it means to be “on this side of east.” Ah, the mystery of it all…
I love this painting!
If you feel the urge to fill your home with meaningful, beautiful works of art, I suggest framing some of your children’s best efforts. To my keen and observant eye, there’s not a whole lot of difference between these two paintings.
And money aside, which painting do you think is of greater value to me?