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What is Art?

What is Art?

Ignacio de Grado

Art is Energy

Creativity is an expression of one’s inner self. And art is the manifestation of present actions, life purpose, and energy. Art is energy in the act of creating an artistic outcome, and it is energy because it generates a reaction in an audience. Artworks convey an artist’s state of mind to the viewer, they produce interactions, and they transmit energy. 

Art connects people.

Art fosters connection — it’s a vehicle of connection between people. Our own artworks, and the artworks of others, produce a link between human minds. It’s all connected. When you observe an artwork, there’s a deep connection between you, the artwork, and the artist. Art is a generator of change, encouraging human interactions and bringing together like-minded people with a common interest. 

Art is experimentation.

Art is experimentation. Art at any level of competency — whether it’s drawing, sculpting, or creating a song — is experimentation. Without experimentation, creativity cannot flow. When you experiment, you don’t yet know the outcome of what you’re creating. This means that every time you create, you’re taking a risk and following the path unknown. But this uncertainty should not be feared, for it’s impossible to create something worthwhile without taking risks. Experimentation also takes you on a journey of exploration and connects you to your true self. When you introduce new activities into your life, you awaken your inner self. This helps you to better understand the real you and can lead to positive changes in your life.

Art helps you connect with yourself.

Any artistic practice — whichever discipline you choose — is a way to connect to your inner self. When you create, you tend to be present, your mind relaxed. This enables you to engage in a creative form of meditation. Routine artistic activities such as coloring in are excellent mindfulness practices as they require you to focus on the task at hand. The repetition and attention to detail require you to focus intently, producing a sense of calm and relaxation

Art enhances spiritual practice.

The art that you produce represents your ideas, worries, expectations, and creativity. And the mindfulness that you experience during the creative process helps you feel more focused and balanced. Art makes you more focused and connected to your inner self, therefore helping to improve your spiritual practice. 

Art is within every human being.

Everybody possesses artistic potential, but unfortunately, some people never get the opportunity to explore their creative side. But no matter your skill level, artistic creation lives inside us all. You just need the chance to explore

Art opens other dimensions of human consciousness.

Today’s modern world sees us disconnected, distracted and detached from being present. Modern life is focused on consumption and attachment to material things, and this often drives us to disappointment and despair. But art practice can help us reconnect to our deeper selves and become more mindful. It allows us to create, experiment, and explore new paths. Art practice is a gateway to our deeper consciousness.

Art pushes us out beyond the intellect.

Art lets us explore unknown territories. It enables us to question established rules and break them. It allows us to take risks, go to new territories, and explore the unexpected.

Art is unity and harmony.

The artistic path is targeted toward unity and harmony. And this is the same for any creative discipline you practice, whether it’s writing, painting, or film. Beginnings are hard, things may not connect and come together as you’d like, but through experimentation and practice, you can make your creation work. When all elements enhance each other, when everything works as perfect notes in a symphony, harmony and unity are manifested. That is art; that is harmony.

Art is our inner journey.

Art is a life journey. Whether your art is your hobby or profession, you’ll find that you struggle, surrender, and experience disappointment and success — all kinds of transitory states of mind. But it’s important to remember that your artistic practice is deeply connected to your inner self, your inner journey. It’s a pure manifestation of life

Art is the heart of life.

Art is the heart of life. When you observe an artwork or an artistic masterpiece at an exhibition, you experience a personal visual connection. When you read a novel or a written piece, you journey inside yourself and experience a deep connection to the story. Art is very personal. These unique artistic creations provoke incredible feelings and sensations within us. That is one of the beauties of art.

Creativity heals the mind. Allow art into your life

Allow artistic activity into your life and do so without any great expectation. Create, write, draw, paint. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experiment, explore, and produce your own unique pieces, for these are your creations, your manifestation, and your inner self unfolding. Allow art into your life.

At GRADO we believe Art is the core of all our mindful creations. Handmade illustrations with traditional media as tempera, oils, watercolors, graphite. 


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