Thursday, 12 March 2015 06:25

The joys of being artsy

I did not use to be ‘artsy’. In fact I used to think it’s really silly and pretentious of people to sit on those benches in museums to stare at the same paintings forever. Now I can sit in front of my computer screen for what may seem like ‘forever’ to others, marvelling at the beauty of paintings, musing over what their creator may have felt.

And I do the same with my photos – I ‘muse’ over them, often ending up discovering things that surely had not been there when I took the picture. I did not use to consider them art, but somehow they’ve evolved and as silly as it may sound, as of late, many have something almost spiritual in them.

True, my food photographs have apparently been making their viewers salivate all over their keyboards for quite some time – in a way also a ‘spiritual’ experience for a true foodie, but I feel especially my plant close ups have only recently started ‘talking’. A fascinating world indeed! A thrilling one! A wonderfully intangible and secret one!

I have lately discovered several artists on Facebook whose art hails from that same world and has that same effect on me. In fact, some of them take my breath away, have me freeze in front of my computer screen, gasping in astonishment. Some will give you goose bumps, some will bring tears to your eyes, some will make your heart pound and  ‘haunt’ you with their beauty for days (and nights)… Surprisingly, most of the art that really touches me is abstract – an art form I did not use to ‘get’ at all.

Now I can appreciate layers and layers of paint strokes and feel layers and layers of emotions in them which have me marvel at how deep and rich and beautiful that artist’s ‘soul’ must be to be pouring this onto paper. It must feel a bit like writing when you just let your words pour through your fingers onto your writing pad and sometimes when you are done you wonder ‘Where has that come from?!’

Just like in many of my photographs, I can actually feel motion in some of the paintings. You let yourself sink into them and you start feeling waves of uncertainty, controversy, joy… moving through them. Some obviously more than others, some actually have you sit there thinking you must meet that artist for the beauty of his/her soul, to discover what kind of enthralling personality they might have.

Here’s to more power to the ‘artsy’ and to social media where if not in ‘real life’ they can still meet and muse over each other’s beautiful works and souls.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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