What is Considered Artistic in Your Mind?

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Whether it is expressed through words or pictures, artistry thrives, no matter what the medium. Like other forms of art, writing cannot be perfect; this does not mean it cannot be a work of beauty in its own right. Everyone has their own personal style to everything they do – whether you’re speaking aloud or adding your thoughts onto paper. Music can also fall under the broad definition of artistic expression; yes, even the melodies we whistle while walking down the street, to lighten our mood during difficult moments are all considered part of this category, too.

Sometimes, we are unable to grasp what another person tries to say through their artistic expression. Of course, it’s impossible for us to fully imagine ourselves in someone else’s mind; so, it is really hard for us to comprehend what the artist truly means when they make a work. Sometimes, people create art simply out of boredom or just as a spontaneous act. Other times, art might come from anger or protest, or created as a way simplifying complicated things. In any case, whenever someone creates any form of art, it means leaving something behind as evidence that you were there once upon a time.

Although most of us don’t think so, everyone has the potential to be creative. We all have the capacity to be artistic, even though we might not always see what we inevitably produce as art. Some people believe that having an artistic mind is something you are born with and that being artistic is a sign of intelligence. But, what is considered artistic often comes as the result of taking a thing and altering it or framing it in some new and unusual way. Essentially, if you want to know how to have an artistic mind, just think of something you enjoy; now, twist and turn it around in your head and find some way to express those thoughts. Congratulations, you have just produced a work of art. Whether it’s good or not is entirely subjective.

It also doesn’t help that people can only use the forms of communication that they are used to. That’s why it’s so difficult in our multilingual world to figure out what everyone else is trying to say. We are all separated by language barriers, except, in drawing a picture. Ancient societies such as the Aztecs and the Egyptians knew this. They knew that someday in the future, when their culture no longer remained, that other people would see and recognize their depiction of what they saw and be able to relate with them. Writing is easier for many people, in that they believe they can share thoughts by putting it in a picture. Well, words should make a picture. But, the human mind is much better stimulated by images; after all, the human brain processes visual stimuli much better than textual ones.

In any case, art is such an incredibly subjective medium, because one’s interpretation is so widely varied based on knowledge, life experience, personal beliefs, and unique perspective. Studying art and studying words both take an equal amount of imagination. Pictures just take up more physical space than words. Writers tend to appreciate art more because they know the trials of finding that word that fits just right. The artist often tends to appreciate words, knowing well the painstaking efforts to make their masterpieces look just right. Musicians only find relief when they can finally perfect the sound they were seeking.

There are few that can do all these things with excellent skill and accuracy, but all of us can do one of the three to some degree. Each of us needs to practice the skills we know we have, because each one of us has something to say. Every one of us has the chance to create something others may consider as art, and being artistic simply means learning how to express one’s self in a way that others can enjoy.

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.
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