How I Explain My Art

I usually explain my artworks to interested people by telling them my thoughts and intentions when I was creating the pieces. I tend not to definitively state that this is what it is because I want room for other views. My works for the most part have been described as contemplative and interpretive. In light of this, the work is really left up to the viewer’s interpretation and that is how I like it.

Acylics on Canvas

Shattered Continue reading

Experiencing Art

Will be on show at the Ben Navaee Gallery September 20 - 29, 2013

Will be on show at the Ben Navaee Gallery September 20 – 29, 2013

Many people do not feel that they understand art. They feel intimidated by it and do not know how to interpret a piece that they come across. They also feel intimidated by most galleries with their highfalutin prices and unapproachable atmosphere. I wish people did not feel this way because art is fun and much of it is left up to your own interpretation. Art is an engaging activity that requires you to really look and experience a short story that is told in a composed, colourful and conceptual way. All of us can experience this.

I am going to use a piece that I did called “Shrouded” to explain my thoughts while I was doing it and to demonstrate that the viewer can have a totally different interpretation that is as good, if not better than what the artist intended.

The piece, shown above, depicts a woman, wearing a head scarf, who is hidden behind what appears to be bars. My thoughts as I was doing the piece was that there are a lot of us who are hidden behind something. This thing that we are hidden behind can bring us a sense of comfort, security and escape. We can have a feeling of protection and a sense of belonging within this shroud.

Paradoxically, we can also feel trapped, imprisoned and stifled by this very thing. All we want to do is escape from it.

That was the dichotomy present in my mind while creating this piece. I showed a picture of this painting to my friend Himanshu. He told me that the woman is a mystery woman who many have tried to get to know but cannot because of the impenetrable walls that she has put up. I thought that was a very insightful comment and interpretation. It was never something that I the artist had thought of but it fits right into the shrouded theme. How cool is that?

This ability to look, see, experience and interpret is not out of anyone’s reach. Take some time to experience a piece of art. When you get right down to it art is really an experience. You might be surprised to find that you can figure out more than you think you would all because you took the time to look.

 

 

Cliques

Cliques are everywhere. In high school there would be one group here and another over there. There are connections, similarities and interests that bring a group together – that make them click. These connections usually make the group exclusive. And there is a certain mystery to exclusivity. There is a wall that others cannot break down. But as we all know most people want to fit in somewhere even if that’s not where they belong. Some cliques should be avoided. Continue reading

Journaling About Pleasant Memories

Journaling can be serious business but it can also be fun and rewarding. When we think of good memories we get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Our journals provide us with a way to relive the pleasure of these memories. We can reminiscence about the good old days and write down these recollections.

Apart from manipulating these recollections for our maximum gratification, mental recollections can be beneficial for practical purposes. It may be necessary to get relevant information from our memories that can help us to explain present day events. Or the recollections may be useful in helping us to come to terms with something that happened in the past so that we can move forward in the present. Even happy memories can hold very profound truths.

Pleasant memories lay in all the corners of our minds just waiting to tumble out. If we allow them to, we can experience all sorts of happiness and the beauty of a journal is that the memories can be relived over and over again. Not only are we reliving the memories as we write them down but we can relive them by rereading what we have written.

At times when we don’t feel on top of the world, we have memories to draw on and make us feel better.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
www.sherylkeen.com
http://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

Journaling As Quiet Time

Journaling is about ourselves and the things that affect us. Because of this, it’s logical that we can use our journals as our quiet time to just be with ourselves. It’s a chance to get away from it all and meditate. If we have stress or any other issues in our lives, journaling helps to centre us.

Finding our centre is important because it’s a chance to gather ourselves and our heads and to get to that place where we can reflect on where we need to be. What is keeping us from where we need to be? How can we get there? These are questions that our journals can help us to answer. And the answers that we find can take us to a different place – hopefully to a place that is a little more peaceful and tranquil.

Journaling in itself requires that we move away from the hustle, bustle and noise so that we can hear ourselves think. This is both a literal and figurative move. We need to make the shift in our minds but we need to physically find a quiet place where our thinking is not impeded by distractions. When we put pen to paper, we are in fact already in reflection mode. We can enhance this experience by being in the right place – a quiet place.

Today let’s get away with our journals, find a quiet place and calm our minds and write.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”
www.sherylkeen.com
http://personaljournaling.wordpress.com
http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm