Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

“What we adore in the human body is definitely more than its form, however beautiful. It is the flame that illuminates the person from within.”  Auguste Rodin

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The Naked Form

Women

 

My quote today is from sculptor and artist Auguste Rodin.

Man’s naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.”

Attending a life class and drawing the human form can have benefits you may not have realized.

Semir Zeki, a former professor of neurobiology at the University College, London and co-head of the Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, published an article, “Artistic Creativity and the Brain,” in Science Magazine, in July 2001.  Zeki detailed the relationship between the development of cognitive abilities and the creative process. He stated artistic expression is the key to comprehending ourselves. He also considered art and its expression as an expansion of brain function. In other words, art helps the brain in its search for knowledge.

I guess this means we, as artists, are well comprehended (most of the time!)

Superficial Features

Greyhounds

 

My quote today is from Auguste Rodin:

“If the artist only reproduces superficial features as photography does, if he copies the lineaments of a face exactly, without reference to character, he deserves no admiration. The resemblance which he ought to obtain is that of the soul.” 

Does the character of your subjects get a look in?