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The eye of the beholder

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder……” We have all heard this old adage. What do you think of when you hear it? A person you have seen? A unique pet? Perhaps a piece of furniture? Just about anything. I never really gave it much thought until I started painting. Recently I was waiting for an appointment and noticed an especially intriguing piece of art on the waiting room wall. It was Impressionism at its best. Its use of texture and color was especially appealing to me. I like to take photos of things I like and so I decided to use my iPhone and it’s many capabilities to remember this particular piece of art. In doing so, I had to excuse myself, as I stepped in front of a gentleman sitting in the chair beside me. I apologized and explained to him what I was doing, as he was obviously wondering why I so rudely stepped in front of him almost ending up sitting on his lap. He looked at the picture for several long seconds, looked at me, and said, “What do you see in that work of art that I don’t see?” An artist takes a risk when producing a piece of work. Some will love it and others, like this gentleman will wonder what is so special about it. People are doing this when they view my art. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but an artist must be true to oneself and create what they believe to be an expression of self, not worrying what others may think……

Next time.


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