Artwork has a power over us.
We all know this to be true. You have likely heard music that has made you tear up before, or found yourself unexplainably drawn to a painting for no logical reason.
When we encounter a piece of true art, we are marked by that experience and made better.
When we struggle to find meaning, when life begins to weigh us down, when it all seems like to much, sometimes a piece of artwork is enough to transform our suffering into something beautiful.
Art Acknowledges The Nobility Of The Human Soul
And why, why is it that art is so powerful. How come people travel all over the world to see the Pieta or to walk in the great cathedrals of Europe?
Because it shows us the best in us. Art is a gift to humankind.
Think about that, art really is a gift from a person to the whole of humanity.
A painter spends years learning their craft, dealing with rejection, poverty, disrespect, and uncertainty.
Then, one day, they create something beautiful, after all that work.
The painting you walk past and go “wow” took thirty years of practice to create. And that’s the artists gift to you.
The Artist Labours To Help Us See The Divine Potential Within Us
I have had my own experience with art.
One painting I was drawn to, that I have used in the featured image of this post, was Starry Night.
The bold blue, the swirling colors, the “dark tower” of the tree and the soft light of the moon and the stars, it has fascinated me for many years.
One night, I found myself staring at the print of the painting I had hung up in my room. It was late, but I wasn’t tired.
I stared at that piece of art for a long time, and it was one of the strangest experiences of my life.
I found myself almost in a trance, like I was high like I was crazy. I went to bed, and for hours, I had a “vision” of a story in my mind.
It was like watching a movie, except without any actual “visuals” and more of just the feeling you would get from watching a movie. The highs, the lows, and finally, the stunning resolution.
And that seed that was planted in me that night, a few years later, became a novel that I wrote. And I can trace it all back to that night when I found myself staring at the painting in my room.
My One Experience Is Not Uncommon With Great Pieces Of Artwork
You see, artwork that honors the human spirit, that brings you closer to your source, to your true Self, has a transformative power.
The same potential to create beauty and make it manifest exists within you, and when you see it outside of yourself, it can spark an inner power to create something exceptional for yourself.
When an artist commits to creating something beautiful, he not only gives the world a gift through the sheer beauty of his work but also, he gives the world a gift by inspiring others to reveal the potential that they have within themselves.
As we grow, we help others grow. As we become more beautiful, we help others shine. As we create art, we help others create art.
The Power Of Art Is The Power Of The Human Spirit
I like writing these blog posts late at night because my mind is more open, more fluid, and ready to make connections I otherwise would not make.
If I continue to focus on this website, I will make it a living piece of art, and it is my aim to help you, to inspire you, to make stories an active part of your life.
A masterpiece of art is really a message to you. It says, you are worthy, you are alive, and you have all the potential you need to fulfill your purpose. Do it, and dare to do it.