A lone sailboat travels serenely through moonlit waters, as a group of sailors works to bring the craft to its home.
Why are they out so late? Is there a storm about to approach? Are the waters getting choppier, or is that normal for the area?
Representational art like Moonlight Sail encourage the viewer to interact with the painting, to enter into it, so to speak, and become part of the story. In this way, representational art draws viewers from what they may consider the day to day drudgery of their job, or the many errands that constantly need to be done, or the bills that pile up on the table.
“Step away from all that for a moment,” artwork such as Moonlight Sail says to us. “Feel the breeze; hear the waves; see the companions on the boat; think about the journey we are on and enjoy the process of getting there.”
The owner of the original oil painting, upon seeing it hanging in a traveling museum show, wrote, “I may have to eat macaroni and cheese for a month, but I’m getting this painting. It will feed my soul long after I’m done with the macaroni and cheese.”
These are words an artist loves to hear, because painting images that transport viewers to beautiful places is one of the primary goals. Oh, we know – art is supposed to be shocking, vulgar, harsh, pointing out the ugly truths of the world, or at least that’s one of the lies that we have been told.
What art – good art – does best is point people to the many truths in the world, and by seeing beauty and goodness, one can easily distinguish these from ugliness and hate. Since there’s so much of the latter surrounding us in the world of politics and commerce, why not seek out the beauty, and incorporate it into our unique, individual, and original lives?
(The sailboat in this image is sailing in the waters of the Puget Sound, in Washington State, USA. The land behind the vessel is Whidbey Island.)
Featured on 24 Fine Art America groups.
June 7th, 2017
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