is always about ideas:
Any idea when transformed through a medium can become art.
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, security,
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 Reality
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
places seen from the inside; Living rooms, dining rooms,
ball rooms, bedrooms, basements, bathrooms, studios, deserted
Still life Subjects
in recent years,
includes all kinds of everyday forms,
fruits, vegetables, or objects found in life.
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