It is true that art's beauty and hidden meaning is often seen in the eye of the beholder.
Art can be about aesthetics, design and making a statement, yet there are also many other qualities art can offer.
When I feel drawn to a painting or photograph, through observing and admiration I hear and feel a story. There are some images I find myself looking into for a long time. The detail carries me through a story and I walk among the scene for a while. When this happens it's like the environment around me disappears and I am experiencing another world. For me, it's often about how I feel when I see an artwork that resonates. It doesn't stop at aesthetics, it's the feeling, the experience and the energy.
Like music, art has the ability to transport one to another space. I've known several people whom, during challenging times or after a difficult day, come home to a space they've created with a perfect artwork - it seems to radiate a certain transformative quality that calms, eases or uplifts the soul.
With travel as a major inspiration, I often find myself in very spiritual moments where the environment is giving me a gift of presence. I fully embrace being a part of the beauty before and around me. It fills my soul so profoundly that I feel called to share the transcendent energy with others.
Whether it's an outer journey or inner journey traveling spiritual miles, for me the unfolding of creation is deeply spiritual. Often, I am in a state of surrender allowing something else to come through me. Although painting and photography are different processes, it is still an honour in both, to capture the essence of the moment and then allow the message to be passed through - to be seen, felt or heard.
Another healing aspect of Art is Sacred Space. For me having beautiful images around my home and office enhances peace and supports a healing space. I display photos or paintings I have a connection to, that bring tranquility, beauty and a graceful presence to the environment. They have a life of their own. Bringing a little bit of nature into my space creates a sanctuary. This private space is where I feel rejuvenated, secure and where I can completely be myself.
For some, it's about bringing a statement to life - perhaps to bring delight or laughter into someone's world through creativity. For others, it's about bringing nature into the dining room, or images of food into the kitchen. Art has been a part of cultures since the beginning, as a way of communicating; in storytelling, for interpretation and for decoration. Sometimes something can be better shared or expressed through imagery, symbolism or colour. It can bring profound ways of connecting, moving the spirit and opening doorways to feel deeper, allowing more beauty into one's inner and outer worlds.
Blog written by Laura Naomi
© Laura Naomi, 2017
Blogs are inspired by transformation of the human spirit, by love, wellness and the journey of the soul. The writing is to inspire and raise awareness.