"Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life."Inspiring words from Robert Genn of the Painter's Keys, an art blog that supports artistic passion.
In honor of this Valentine's Day celebration of love, I'm thinking about how passion feeds art and art feeds the soul. Fine art, music, poetry... all arts are fueled by passion and when they touch you, it's magic.
Artists pretty much create work because they can't help it. We're passionate. The desire to capture an image or an emotion is enticing and somewhat addictive. When we find that our work makes other people feel something too, that's the icing on the cake.
It seems anything we do with love and passion, will be done well. Raising a child, playing a sport, making art...
No less a poet than Euripides said, "Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other." That was in 430 BC and 2000+ years later the Beatles got on the band wagon with "Love is all you need." Must be something to it. (Euripides also said, "Sooner would I stand three times to face their battles, shield in hand, Than bear one child." Wise man.)
Speaking of children...you know you're not supposed to have a favorite and the same is true for artwork. Although, really, its hard not to - but the favorite changes all the time, so that's fair, right?!
Well, here are two of my favorite paintings and I'm pleased to say both are now bringing joy to happy collectors from NY to CA. I will have to come up with a few more!
|Back to School, Back in the Day ©2014 Dorothy Lorenze|
|The Three Graces ©2015 Dorothy Lorenze|
I think the sculptor Auguste Rodin really summed up the importance of art, love and passion when he said,
"The main thing is to be moved,
to love, to hope, to tremble, to live."
Art brings joy or tears, action or laughter, but always depth of feeling when it moves us and that makes us feel alive. And feeling alive makes all things possible.
This Valentine's Day is predicted to be the coldest on record so lots of us are shivering, if not trembling (it's minus 6º in NY at the moment). Get warm! Celebrate the day with love and passion, whatever form that takes for you. Because all we need is love. And art.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks for sharing the love with me on my creative journey.