Bella Vida by Letty


Art is More Than What You See, It’s What You Feel

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” Pablo Picasso

Work in progress ~ Mixed media with oils

What is art?  In the most simple terms Art is expression.  When I’m working on a piece I’m thinking of a particular emotion and expressing it in a form other than spoken or written language.  It is during this period of creation I feel peace, harmony and completely balanced.  I would also say that I feel connected to the universe and feel my spirit extending into it.
Every piece of art whether photography, painting or written conveys a story.
In this particular mixed media painting the words running through my mind were freedom and existo.  The emotion behind every stroke was determination.  Determined to discover and freely express one’s personal truth, actually my personal truth in particular.   I was thinking of the murkiness that exists in the world and how nothing is ever crystal clear or as it seems.  To discover our happiness requires us to sift through the layers around us to reveal our truths.  For example, media is not ethical nor balanced.  If you rely on one source for your information without consulting other sources you are stuck in that biased filter without balanced perspective.  When I’m writing a journalistic piece I must use verifiable sources yet when it comes to information received on a daily basis most people don’t bother to do that.  That is where art can come in to give us new perspectives we might never have considered.
This is where Leo Tolstoy’s definition of art leads us.  (I was thinking of him because I recently watched Anna Karenina.) In his beautifully written essay, Art and Sincerity, Tolstoy says art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity. Art connects us emotionally and elevate us hopefully to evolve into better people.
Are you working on any artistic projects?
Share them with me in the comments.



“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Albert Einstein

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” Émile Zola

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” Maya Angelou

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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A Painted Poem

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Plutarch

Painted Poem 2004

The first poem I ever wrote was in the second grade and it was about puppies.  Since then I’ve written numerous poems.  I have no idea how many but it’s probably in the three digits by now.  Some have been lost, misplaced or tossed.  I even had a journal stolen by a boy.  (You know who you are, jErk)  nah, That was a joke. lol I was 15 and I’m beyond over it. Life happens and I know eventually each piece will end up exactly where it needs to be.

Sometimes I make painted poems like these.  Expressing an emotion using more than one medium.

This is a painted poem I created in 2004.  

Click on the photo to read it.

Painted Poem 2004
“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” Robert Frost

“No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.” Horace

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” Edgar Allan Poe

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” T. S. Eliot

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misrepresentation vs. misinterpretation

distortion, misreckoning, delusion; error, mistake, misunderstanding, illusion, miscalculation, misconstrual, misinterpretation , mistake, non sequitur, notion, paradox, perversion

**** All of these photos were taken by me during the Wynwood Artwalk in Florida earlier this year. None of the artwork is my own.  These are amazing pieces which fascinate me by other amazingly talented artists.****

wynwood artwalk 2011

I was thinking about how easy it is to misinterpret something said on the internet without the benefit of the author’s tone or expression.  As a writer my ultimate goal is clarity. An author has to communicate by using only the written part of language: words.  The best writers understand how important it is to chose the BEST word to convey an idea.  Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaimon and Truman Capote blow me away with their expertise. They make it look easy.  I wish I could master the ability to chose the right words. In the meantime it’s playtime with the thesaurus. 😛

When I’m painting I don’t feel this grand pressure to precisely communicate an idea.  I know what I am painting.  I know the feeling I am expressing with paints and I don’t have to think about it each step of the way.  I never worry about how my art will be interpreted.

Interpreting art may seem tricky to some.  I believe there is no wrong interpretation.  Art should stir some feeling inside of you and that feeling will be particular to each individual.

Look at the above photo of a gorgeous painting that caught my attention during the Wynwood artwalk earlier this year.  There is no doubt the artist (sorry I didn’t find a name) is skillful, the colors beautiful and eye catching.  It is the interpretation of the subject matter that will cause a debate. This is a good thing.  It’s how art teaches us to form  opinions.  Some people will be appalled, some people will be amused and others like myself will appreciate that the artist did a great job of stirring emotions.

What do you think of the piece? What do you think the artist was trying to say via those big beautiful innocent eyes?

wynwood art walk 2011
wynwood art walk 2011
wynwood art walk 2011

BS, baloney, bend, bias, buckle, coloring, contortion, crock, crookedness, exaggeration, intorsion, jazz, jive, lie, line

“Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation.” Craig Bruce

“I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes. And I don’t think people are ready for the message that I’m delivering, and delivering with a sense of violent love.” Charlie Sheen

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The image came first . . .

One of my favorite modes of expression is painting. Lately I’ve been playing with watercolors and last night I painted something new. It was late, I was sleepy but I had to get this out of my system. First I see an image and certain colors. I wanted blues, purple, gray and yellow but NO green. Then I concentrate on an emotion and paint what I feel it would look like.
The title of this piece is aspersion. I was thinking about how sometimes we can go overboard with self criticism and the damage it does. In conclusion we must make a conscious effort to love ourselves.

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