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Art is in the minds eye and can be whatever your imagination will allow it to be.
Its a drop of rain ricocheting from a tarmac canvas and exploding into oblivion as it gathers momentum and careers down the gutter in a shimmering sea of crystal clear raindrops.
Its the first look between a newborn and its mother in realization of who they are, just after the moment the child was thrust into daylight by a deliberate forceful push to guiding hands that have pulled them from the safety and fluid warmth of the womb to the comfort of the breast.
The exhausted weeping mother propped upon the bed, anxious and exited at the thought of her first real connection with a child she will love forever. Its the curve of the engorged breast with hard inviting nipples, dripping slightly as the child is placed before it, as it's mothers instinct is automatic in her release of live giving sustenance, the newborn unsure and yet ready to accept its bounty through swollen nipples that weep in readiness despite the mothers previous discomfort, trauma and agony as the child prepares to suckle at the breast for the first time.
Its the rush of the waves before they explode upon on the shore, undulating in a never ending cycle of power and ferocity before retreating back to the sea to return yet again.
Its the slightest glimpse of a distant image in the corner your eye. Its whatever and where ever you want it. Nothing is what it seems and everything is what it is and will be.
J Howlett. Arts-Crafts-HobbiesandDIY What is Art? © revised-2015
Visual art is defined as the arrangement of colors, forms, or other elements "in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium". The nature of art has been described by Richard Wollheim as "one of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture". It has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating formal elements for their own sake, and as mimesis or representation. Leo Tolstoy identified art as a use of indirect means to communicate from one person to another. Benedetto Croce and R.G. Collingwood advanced the idealist view that art expresses emotions, and that the work of art therefore essentially exists in the mind of the creator. Art as form has its roots in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and was developed in the early twentieth century by Roger Fry and Clive Bell. Art as mimesis or representation has deep roots in the philosophy of Aristotle.
Traditionally the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery, a concept which altered during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science".
Generally art is a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind; by transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art, since defining the boundaries of "art" is subjective, but the impetus for art is often called human creativity.
The evaluation of art has become especially problematic since the 20th century. Wollheim distinguishes three approaches: the Realist, whereby aesthetic quality is an absolute value independent of any human view, the Objectivist, whereby it is also an absolute value, but is dependent on general human experience, and the Relativist position, whereby it is not an absolute value, but depends on, and varies with, the human experience of different humans
An object may be characterized by the intentions, or lack thereof, of its creator, regardless of its apparent purpose. A cup, which ostensibly can be used as a container, may be considered art if intended solely as an ornament, while a painting may be deemed craft if mass-produced.
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