You are the artist of your own masterpiece… a representation of your life. The choice of tools or instruments…colours, whether it is oil- or water-based…The type of paint palette, the size of brush and the number of brushes used… The brush to canvas can be applied with gentle or stronger strokes. Every item used, even the type of canvas each is a representation of a part of your life.
No qualifications needed. No past experience needed.
Every stroke of the paint brush to canvas creates your masterpiece.
What if there is a small mistake in a choice of colour or a brushstroke? You just paint over it. It may leave a blemish or two or many in your masterpiece. Never mind. It is your masterpiece that you are willing to rise when you fall…that you are willing to start over with a “never give up” attitude.
No one can copy your masterpiece, not even replicate it by use of technology because the thoughts and emotions that you invested into this work is yours and your only.
Your masterpiece is evolving on a constant.
Everyone is an artist. There are no wrong masterpieces. There are no imperfect masterpieces. Everyone’s work is unique to that person. Which makes each masterpiece priceless.
NOTE: This picture above, was created by Laura Atkinson on a Samsung Note 2, when she was 12 years old.
In the crowded business of his life, the writer tells his story through the carvings, drawings, painting formation of words… of sentences… on a canvas of a blank page in his notebook, his ideaSketchpad💡, his blog or a Microsoft word file.
Pictures form words….words form pictures. It is his expression of what he sees. Most times, if he has to relate a story… an event… an incident, his eyes or ears or even his nose, will dictate the story to his brain which transforms into signals flowing to his hands that are typing on the keyboard or his hand that holds a writing instrument. Oft times, if a story has to be told as it is; no feelings are put into it, as they are not required.
When no feelings are included in his work, then, he is like any ordinary painter or a person with a camera, just taking pictures.
When he immerses himself in his work; he becomes involved. His additional sense which cannot be seen nor touched yet is so powerful, takes him over and beyond himself.
His feelings transform him from just being a painter to being an artist where every stroke of the brush, the way it is used on the canvas, the pressure applied in each stroke – a person admiring the artist work can sense the artist’s mood, excitement, sadness. It is quite remarkable.
Framing a picture with just the right amount of light, bouncing off the subject to express an impression of people in the shot or impress an expression that the photographer wants to get his audience to experience…that makes him different from being someone just taking pictures.
As the writer awakes from his short nap, a well deserved and needed rest, he ponders on the silence within. The right amount of pressure on the “stroke of his expression”, the “light that filters to the word” that causes it to resonate with his readers, his audience…brings to life all that he wants to share… the exact angle… the point of view… as he sees it!
No matter how very hard he tries to captivate his whole audience, that are all his readers; there will be some who have no depth of field in life. These are the “some”, those who don’t leave a wonder in the lives of people; yet, wonder what has happened to life.
NOTES: 1. Some of the many artists that have influenced me in the way I see things, the way I write: Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known simply as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance. Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer. René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist, who became well known for creating a number of witty and thought-provoking images. Often depicting ordinary objects in an unusual context, his work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. Wikipedia
2. Some of the many photographers that have inspired me to capture moments like no other: Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer. … Arbus’s imagery helped to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all people. Cynthia Morris Sherman is an American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters. Ellen von Unwerth is a German photographer. She worked as a fashion model for ten years before becoming a photographer, and now makes fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs. Dominique Issermann is a French photographer. She works primarily with black and white photography, and is noted for her works in portraits, fashion and advertising. Wikipedia
3. Some of the many essays I’ve written that capture moments like no other: At 33,000ft, July 20, 2014. Jeff and Alfredo – The two uncles, Sept 26, 2015. My Sister – The Fighter, Jul 26, 2018 10 YEARS AS A RACE SWIMMER’S PARENTS. WAS IT WORTH IT? April 26, 2021 NOSILY SILENCED, Jul 19, 2021 NIGEL EDWARD ATKINSON, Aug 12. 2021 TAIPING – TOWN OF HEAVENLY PEACE, Oct 18, 2021 THE WRITER INNOVATOR, Jun 21, 2022 LAURA, Jun 27, 2022