Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stare At It Until It Becomes Ugly

Once I saw a screenshot picture of a post in Tumblr shared on Facebook. It says, "What do you do with your art?" And then someone answered, "Stare at it until it becomes ugly."
It got me so good because as an artist, I can relate. It's funny because it's true! I do that with some of my artwork. Not all. Some of them, I really am proud of. So, yeah. I tend to stare at them for a period of time until it started to look ugly in my eyes. 
The question is, why does that happen?

So, as I thought about it for quite some time, I think it's because I was too focused on the flaws. If you look something long enough to realize all the flaws on it, your first view of that thing would change completely and it will always become ugly to you.

You see, this is our mentality to how we view ourselves most of the time. Have you ever looked at the mirror so long that you started to realize all the things you lack in your appearance? 

"Ew, look at my pimples,"
"I'm so skinny, I have no muscle,"
"I wish my teeth are not all crooked,"
"I need to lose more weight,"

I could go on and on. But why? Why are we doing this to ourselves? Why do we focus on all of our flaws until we believe that we are ugly? Guys, step aside from the mirror and sit down.

You know what I learned in college about art? That one thing I remember the most? My lecturer, Mr. Zaidi, said that no matter how incredible and amazing your artwork is but you can't even explain the basic principles and elements of art in your work, you fail as an artist. It's the content that matters the most. I'm sure you've seen a simple painting that costs more than your house. It's because the painting has a very strong components of art.

Guys, you are worth it. No matter what you look like, what matters most is who you are as a person. Sure, being good-looking is great but you don't wanna leave this earth as just the "pretty one". Be the valuable legendary Mona Lisa that leaves a mark in this world where people still talk about it for generations to come. Don't be that piece of artwork that artists do where they don't even know how to present their own work for the viewers. You want to be the piece of artwork where the artist says, "I chose the red and orange on this side because the warm colour gave such a bright contrast to the blue and purple as cold colours." Not the artist that fumbles in their words and says, "Because it looks so cool."

Know your uniqueness. Everyone is different but that doesn't mean one is better than the other.

 This is "The Starry Night" painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

This is the "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" painting by Pablo Picasso.

These are two different paintings from different movements and each of them has their own strokes and character. Van Gogh's work is from the Post-Impressionism movement and he uses swirly brush strokes and vivid colours as the identity of his work to convey his emotions.
Picasso's painting here is from the Cubism movement and this one is characterized in the Analytic Cubism where he focuses on using geometric angles, lines and shape to create a two-dimensional appearance in a more neutral colour palette.

Each of this painting has their own character and uniqueness. One cannot be the other one. Ever. No matter how hard they will try. But in the end, both of them are valuable abd special to the eyes of the viewers. Art is subjective. There is no pretty or ugly because there will always gonna be someone who appreciates them.

Own yourself. Be the best version of yourself you could ever be! God created you just as you are and no matter how much you want to be the other person because the person is way more good-looking than you, you can't! Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Chin up, dear. Stop staring at yourself until you become ugly and focus more on who you are as a person because that person seems awesome!

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