Arts Everyday Living: Bringing Harmony to Your Life Through the Multi-Arts

BRINGING HARMONY TO YOUR LIFE

THROUGH THE MULTI-ARTS

 

The following excerpt is from Chapter I, What Do I Know About Art, Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

Yet you might ask yourself, does it actually matter? Why should I care if art is a part of my life?  I have friends and family who love me.  I earn a living.  I have ways of entertaining myself in my leisure time. What more do I need? Anyway, what can looking at a painting or attending a dance or music concert—activities that at most take up an hour or two of my existence—really do for me?

How does one of these art experiences make me feel?  My spirits might be lifted for a few minutes after contemplating a work of art at my local art museum. Or I might even remember some of the music the day after a concert: the words, the rhythms, the notes might echo in my consciousness as I carry out seemingly unrelated daily tasks…..

Fragments, really in a twenty-four hour day.  But what would it be like if the arts brought unity and wholeness to your life, leading to excitement and adventure as well as a sense of peace and tranquility, provoking your mind and imagination while also touching your emotions?

Paul Gauguin, The Cellist, 1894, oil on canvas, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Paul Gauguin, The Cellist, 1894, oil on canvas, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

French master Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) believed in the interrelationship of art and music.  In The Cellist above, a portrait of Swedish musician Fritz Schneklud, Gauguin utilizes color, particularly the instrument’s vibrant orange, to recreate visually its melodious sound.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

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