The warmth of a sincere wish..., the cozy presence of candlelight..., the heart-warming feeling of affection..., the lovely festive images..., the sound of our steps on the pure, white snow..., on this new path of our life!
It's the 2017th path of our lives, with all these everyday joys that most people call "small" and which are anything but "small"; these are the grandest joys of our lives.
And not just joys, they are gifts.
Thoughts like these ran through my mind, as I was observing Gainsborough's Self - Portrait (1754), just recently and I realised even more - as I do every moment - that art is one of those grand gifts of our life.
I couldn't help thinking that, this grand master had thoughts, feelings, ideas, desires, joys and sorrows, of his own, that his life in 1754 did not have any similarity to ours in appearance, and yet it did in essence: Because this man was a human being, just like you and me, and that is precious of its own! And neither you, nor I, would have known of him or of his talent if it hadn't been for the timeless presence of Art!
Indeed, how precious a gift Art is!
ART drives away the feeling of loneliness, because it stimulates the pleasure areas in our brain and stirs up positive thinking. This way it reinforces the feeling that we are not alone in this world and that difficult things are not at all as difficult as we tend to believe, after all.
ART has an everlasting presence, in the past, the present and the future, it has the much-desired power to freeze time. In other words, it has permanence. This way it helps us restore the balance between ourselves and our environment, thanks to this permanence, so it makes us feel safe and secure.
ART is as old as Humanity! It expresses desires, ideas, hopes, dreams, feelings, the inalterable truth that Man needs love, affection, kindness, peace, genuine things to flourish. That is, it addresses the human being in its essence, which is why we are so attached to it.
ART helps us explore and interpret colours, shapes and forms, so it helps us put our impressions, feelings and thoughts in order, resulting in much better handling of feelings and situations.
You and I, like all people, want to be more that what we are, (definitely not in terms of denouncing our personality), but in terms of the sense of completion, of getting involved with the essential, of connecting with something that elevates, that elates, and that is Art.
Man needs to identify with something eternal, that is why he sees himself in the everlasting presence of Art.
ART gives us the feeling of a more universal existence, free from the boundaries of the everyday routine. Art is not restricted by the limits of time!
ART is a paradox. Its nature is both conscious and rational, unconscious and instinctive. Art is the embodiment of contrast. In other words, it is the reflection of the structure of the human being: Both Logic and Feeling.
That is why it is so easy, through Art observation to find quicker and better solutions to problems, because Art checks the tendency of the human brain to be overwhelmed by negative thoughts! As a result, it solidifies our health and well-being, self-esteem and confidence.
So, don't be afraid to identify yourself with a painting, let it whisper to you, listen to it, let it pour out its balmy influence for you.
Remember that Art captures that fleeting moment in time for ever, filtered through the eyes and temperament of the artist.
Allow that unique moment to become yours, too, share it with the artist, embrace it...
That is why the artist captured it... to express it... to share it with you...
MAY YOU FIND ALL THESE GIFTS OF ART ON THIS 2017th PATH OF YOUR LIFE!
MAY EVERY STEP OF YOURS ON THIS 2017th PATH NOT BE JUST A PROMISE FOR YOU!
MAY IT BE A WISH COME TRUE!
AND A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, OF JOY AND FULFILLMENT!
So, from me to you,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
GOD BLESS YOU!
- Melpomeni -