Become a better artist by learning to see like one.
Artists have a unique view of life that motivates their creativity. Gaining their perspective will help build imagination, innovativeness and improve every part of our lives.
In this book you will gain:
An appreciation for the world as it really is.
An understanding of the emotional pitfalls that impede creativity.
Study of the basics of drawing and painting.
Ability to tap into latent creativity.
History of art, color, and perspective.
Gain the point of view of artists by developing an objective eye.
What artists look for in the world around them.
We as a culture have become desensitized by years of outside influence, like television, marketing, political and social authorities that have weakened our creativity. Learning where these effects come from and how to avoid their influence will help us better our lives.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an art teacher, I have enjoyed helping others to not only develop as an artist but also to develop in character. My goal is to help readers to see the world as it is, and not as we incorrectly see the world due to years of advertising, propaganda, and medications. Once we peel back the layers of false views and perceptions we can begin to see the world as it is. We gain a better understanding of human nature and why so many fail to recognize what is. An example of this is painting clouds as fluffy cotton balls on a blue background. Clouds and the sky are made up of many colors none of which are pure white. We associate clouds this way due to years of television watching in which clouds were depicted as white cotton. I invite readers to go outside with a pure white sheet of paper and try to find anything in the sky that is pure white like the sheet of paper.
“Having eyes, do you not see?”
Eyes are the windows of the soul, known as the lamp of the body. They tell the world how we think. People can read others by looking into their eyes. Sight gives us the ability to recognize the feelings and emotions of others – to observe and gather information – giving us the capability to appreciate things like color, form and depth. Linked to the brain, we can reason on what our eyes see.
Our eyes make judgments, assess situations and come to conclusions. However, our eyes can fool us.
With our untrained eye, we may come to false assumptions, such as seeing a mirage.
Humans have a long history of coming to wrong conclusions by misinterpreting what our eyes see. For instance, for generations people thought the world was flat, and out of fear, sailors rarely ventured from the coast. Five hundred years later, people have similar fears. Wrong ideas and perceptions hold people back from making advancement at their jobs, bettering their health, and improving their family life. This fear also holds them back from being creative as artists.
Artists see the world differently than most people, and this gives them an advantage. The reason for this is that artists see the world impartially, or unbiased. Some artists are born with this talent, while others are trained to see this way. When I was a young boy, my cousin had a new sports car with a front license plate that was black with white digits. He told me it said “fly.” I couldn’t see it at first, but in an hour of walking by the car, I began to see the word “fly.” Grasping what it said, I could see nothing else. Gone were the digits. This gave me a new start. I began looking for things I was missing in life. Through years of creative thinking, an artist’s perception becomes molded to see things differently than most people. Knowing that my eyes may fool me, I question whether what I am seeing is real.
FLY License Plate
The key to seeing as an artist is seeing what is.
Not what we think is, or what we have been told is. “Though having eyes, do you not see?” (Mark 8:18) This underscores the condition that affects most people today.
What does it mean? It is not implying a
condition of the eyes, but a condition of the mind or heart. Most people struggle artistically and creatively not because they lack talent, but because they lack awareness. Seeing has to do with our awareness and perception more than our vision. The expression “I see,” doesn’t mean that we see with our eyes but that we understand. By their being unaware, we could say it’s like people are blind. Why? Because false information saturates our world, blinding us and hindering our potential to progress creatively. Are you struggling to become a better artist, musician, writer, or to improve in other aspects of your life? Do not give up. Anyone who desires improvement and who has the courage to change can improve creatively, and in all areas of their lives. How? By relearning how to see.
“Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.”
Thomas Gray, 1716 –1771
Why is ignorance bliss? It is bliss because people who live under this false idea think that what they do not know won’t hurt them. For instance, in the 1950s, children’s toys included miniature laboratories. Toy companies gave children real uranium and plutonium to play with. They also played with liquid mercury, blissfully unaware of the dangers. That is unheard of today. It was fun! Yes, it was, till it killed them! Today we live in a so-called enlightened society, yet ignorance gives us as much a false security as it did sixty years ago. Why? Because we blissfully trust the leaders of government and the commercial world. Seeing is freeing ourselves from these influences. I’m not saying that it’s a simple matter of getting a little knowledge and awareness and you will be the next Leonardo da Vinci, but having the correct knowledge can help. Some points you will learn will immediately change your life, while others will take time and practice. We have spent years developing a thinking pattern under the influence of television, the media, and propaganda. So, it will take time to relearn how to see.
We live in a world of abundant information; it may even be overabundant. Yet how many people use that information to better themselves? We have access to the most powerful computers, yet instead of using them to better ourselves, many of us use them for entertainment, games, or worse.
How a person processes information is a factor in how we learn and create. Some people memorize information through rote. Others do so by eidetic, or photographic memorization. Others memorize through concepts, making mental structures by remembering whole ideas, or thinking in pictures and images. How our minds are connected determines how we process information. To improve creatively means learning a new approach. I struggled with math as a child. The problem was not that I had no aptitude for it. The problem was the teaching. There was no explanation for how or why it was important. “This is just the way it is,” I was told. Having no interest, I did poorly. It was not until I was reintroduced to math in a different way that I began to appreciate it and excel. My teacher explained that geometry was first used by Greeks living along the banks of rivers. After flooding washed their houses away, they needed to find city boundaries, properties, and where to rebuild their homes. This was new and interesting, something I could understand. He explained why algebra is important, using formulas to calculate equations and solve problems. Wow! That was a game changer. Now that math was interesting, it was fun and easy to remember.
We all process and store information differently. This isn’t a bad thing because we are not robots. Variety is good for creativity. Everyone is unique and has something to offer. Therefore, artist collaborations are such a great idea. When creative minds join, great things come out of us. Even when someone is mentally impaired, the undamaged areas of their brain become developed and compensate for the insufficiency. Every brain is different. Some people possess large amounts of knowledge and are very intelligent, or book smart, yet they are not able to make application. Conversely, some who have limited knowledge do a lot with what they have and may outperform the intellectual.
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