Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first #FridayPainting of 2022, which unveils two magnificent paintings.
The 2022 Art Calendar welcomed me with “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer. The work permanently resides in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The work resides in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
The question I ask myself as we enter 2022 is one that has been in my mind over the years. It is simply – are we all artists? What is the measurement or benchmark to determine artist status?
How do we define art, talent, beauty, if we do not have some form of art within us? How do we appreciate profound messages that are embedded within art unless we have a creative spirit within us.
How can we compare ourselves to the greatness of Johannes Vermeer or Sandro Botticelli?
I have come to believe that the definition of “artist” covers a huge area, the essence being “a person who creates art.” Five simple words that do not include any measurement systems. An artist is an artist simply because he or she creates.