What is art?

Heritage Craft Acrylic What is art? Oh no, not another philosophising artist painter… Did you know that not even Wikipedia can answer this question with great conviction? Instead of succinctly saying “everything is art”, the main knowledge centre of the whole entire internet says:

Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill.

So, I could get on my ride-on lawnmower and cut the grass, and that which remains is art? (Yes, actually. That’s art… if I want it to be.) Fortunately, Wikipedia redeems itself with the final sentence in the intro:

The nature of art, and related concepts such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

So, this gets us a little closer to the answer: ART is nice things that people find pleasure in (creating, packaging, giving, buying/selling, receiving, appreciating, sharing, etc.). Welcome to my blog, which covers everything art, pictures, colour, life experience, and perhaps some lessons and learning along the way. The purpose of this blog

  • Not to sell anything
  • Not to build up a database
  • Not to capitalise on your story-ready curiosity

BUT to:

  • Inspire
  • Elicit emotion
  • Provoke thought
  • Find you in the quiet of your heart
  • Appreciate beauty in the world and in others
  • Share stories

Join me? Use the links on the right to find me on Instagram (@_crow) and Facebook (Rautenbach Art). And once we’ve virtually crossed paint brushes in a show of recognising souls, let’s make some art! Tell me who you are in the comments 🙂


One thought on “What is art?

  1. Reblogged this on words~pictures~music and commented:

    Yes, it’s been almost 8 months. Want to know where I’ve been? Just go take a little peek on my Facebook art page (https://www.facebook.com/RautenbachArt1). I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to create stories with pictures – this, being my long-term plan – but in the meantime, please join me on my art-exclusive blog below… which starts with a question that has an ever-shifting answer:
    ~ Enjoy!


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