is always about ideas:
Any idea when transformed through a medium can
become art. But,
No idea, no art. Ideas are not hard to find. They come from
our reactions to life.
following list came from a single brainstorming session.
When one brainstorms you come up with a whole lot of ideas,
some will be useful others may just be discarded.
There are some themes below that could
be interpreted with any kind of art medium.
as time: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer; A season to --- (plant,
harvest, build, grow, suffer, destroy, want, plenty, trials;
Time as Age; age of innocence, golden age, in the prime,
old age; Time the destroyer, victim of time, man's dilemma
in the age of machines.
absorbing love, brotherly love; Love as lust; Lust for ---
(money, power, fame, blood)
Love unrequited love,
unloving, love goddess; Love of --- (country, justice, peace,
as rooms; Old rooms, large rooms, small rooms, pool rooms,
bar rooms, school rooms, light rooms, dark rooms; Realms
as worlds; new world, old world, day world, night world,
business world, other world, other worldly; Outer space,
Fairy land, Mother Goose land, --- Sea places, air places,
rocky places, sandy places, glassy places, grassy places;
mountains and seas, animal homes, the realm of dreams;
Sorrow, Loneliness, Longing, Longing for --- , Confusion,
Frustration, Hatred of -- Social Concerns: Roles
of people; Issues of life and death; Heaven and hell; Peace,
Security, Being with people; Parties, Wild or interesting
characters, Caricatures; Mothers, Fathers, Clergy, Human
rights, Generation gap;
Home scenes; Sport scenes; Entertainment industry; Hospitals,
Politics, Religious themes;
Abstract art can be
of several kinds, One kind is "expressionistic" a category
of art that brings emotional expression through distortion
and extreme colors. Color can become symbolic such as
green for envy and red for passion or energy; At times
expressionism appears distorted or chaotic and quite out
of control. This kind frequently gets a response like,
"My two year old kid could do better than that!" In cases
like that the view is probably missing a lot of the visual
content within the work. Another kind is intellectual
abstraction that tries to develop a sense of relationship
between lines, forms and color. Relationship can be such
as small to large, dark to light, rough to smooth, curved
to strait, etc. Sometimes this kind of art can be very
precise but yet hard to interpret. Symbolism is another
area for free interpretation. The actual content may use
objects to represent other meanings than "reality."
Interpreting Themes In an Expressive
Viewing and Interpretation
Real subjects taken
from Nature provide an unlimited source for drawings,
paintings and design. Human beings have interpreted the
natural world since before the Egyptians. Approaches to
interpreting reality can vary a lot. From photo realism
to semi realism. Some artists use nature for a source of
"motifs' which are then used in a decorative crafty way.
Clay designs with fish on them for example or clothing printed
with flower patterns.
Being able to draw
or paint realistically is not the only basis for 'good work'
from nature. It is an even more important to bring out a
personal viewpoint or interpretation than to make it look
like a photo. Ordinary sights from everyday life would be
a great treasure if we only had them from some observer
who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago. Likewise your
own every day life and environment would be a treasure to
anyone who might wonder what life was like when you went
to school as a young person.
occur in our every day life and environment: Page
2 Human subjects:
Working, Playing, Studying, Working out, Playing a sport;
The very fact that the action is so common place usually
makes it a very good candidate for a picture. But at the
same time, because it is so common we think it is not a
good idea. Treasures from everyday life might include your
mom in the kitchen with an apron, your father on the tractor
with his cap. Your little brother sprawled in front of the
TV, your sister styling her hair with a blow dryer.
(landscape scenes) Places
in the wild, out of doors; Buildings, Fields, Trees, Fence
Rows; Rivers or Lakes; Natural park; Townscapes or Cityscapes
are details of buildings and streets; Views of the streets
and store fronts.