Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.”
~ Paul Rand
Hermosa Beach at Dusk
Often the question is posed, “Is art still art if it is only met to be shown in a closet?” I certainly think it is… It is a means of communication even if it is a means for a individual to process their own inner feelings and thoughts, as one would use a diary or journal. However, I think, it is more fun if it shared.
I certainly can understand why individuals might be intimidated or overwhelmed about showing the work they create. You reveal a bit of yourself; you leave yourself a little vulnerable but on the other hand you learn about yourself and world as well and you bring your ideas and thoughts to the world. When I was a young artist, I instinctively knew that what I created would enjoy a life on its own. It was not me. It merely was a product produced by me and any comments or critiques about the work was not directed at me but belonged to the work.
Don’t let your fear or shyness stand in the way of your work. Give art a chance to change your life, whether you keep it in a sketchbook, closet, or hang it on a wall.
Currently, I am in Hermosa Beach, CA and start my sabbatical in earnest. Today I continue my studying of HTML5. It is a beautiful day on the beach. The haze is clearing and people are beginning their routines. A beach volleyball camp is setting up between us and the water. It is great to be home… Last night, we had a wonderful dinner at Tapas and Vino in Redondo Beach with my old classmate and his family. It is hard to believe that it has been almost thirty years since we graduated from California State Dominquez Hills.