The 8 Biggest Misconceptions About Art

When moseying through an art museum, strutting past architectural walls, across marble floors, and through carefully lit rooms and halls, which art style do you find yourself engaged with most? Which artist tends to intrigue you easily?

The type of art you admire and the artists you are most knowledgable about, can relate to the styles you like to create. Whether realism or surrealism, a simple sketch or complex sculpture, the art world is diverse and almost anything can be defined as art.

For me, I enjoy the bold and most colorful of art pieces. I enjoy like the equal balance of realistic and unrealistic. I like art forms that are abstract, unique, and are inspired from love, nature, and all the pretty things. I like when art captures my attention and evokes a series of emotions and memories within. I like art that can inspire and help to ignite my creativity.

When it comes to art, however, there are some myths and misconceptions. From the creative process to the final finishing touches, and more, I am here to bust the artful myths that you may have had wrong all these years.

1. Time

Have you ever heard of the saying, “All good things take time?” Art, of any form, can take a long time to create. For many pieces of art, the process of creation is slow, possibly longer than the artist had anticipated. This saying relates to art because some of the most well-known paintings took months and years to create. However, a piece of art that took days or weeks to make does not mean a worse or better piece will come from that shortened period. Time does not correlate to the “greatness” of a piece.

2. Color

Like I stated previously, art with an abundance of color greatly appeals to me. However, that does not mean a black and white image, pencil sketch, or monochromatic painting has not captured my attention. Colorless art still qualifies as art and can accentuate deep meaning. Color should not be the main part of judgement in a piece.

3. Realistic & Unrealistic

I like work to feature a balance of realistic and unrealistic elements. I enjoy the unrealistic because it presents a new perspective and sight to see that is not witnessed in daily life. Some art abstracts reality and other art depicts reality truthfully. Either art form is acceptable and can still present the audience with something mesmerizing and memorable. Both types of art do not dictate the worthiness of a piece.

4. Meaning

With each art piece an artist creates, there is likely to be an emotion or feeling that initiated the piece and helped to control the end result. This is what gives meaning to the painting through the artist’s eyes. But is it okay for an artist to just create without a concrete reason or meaning behind the artwork? In the art world, there is often a lot of push and pressure for meaning behind a masterpiece. Through artistic freedom, an artist should be able to simply create without a lot of reason behind color scheme, use of objects, and more. Art can be meaningless and meaningful all at the same time.

5. Perfection

I have had two types of art teachers in my life. One of the teachers didn’t grade on perfection, while the other did. She would search for crisp lines, pristine shapes, color seeping into a section that should not have blending color, and more. She was tough and it was a method of grading and art judgement that I never agreed with. I do not believe that a piece of art has to be perfect. Many famous masterpieces of today have small defects within them. From paintbrush bristles to overlapping layers of line or paint. Not all masterpieces are polished to their immaculate form. The piece as a whole, rather than those aspects, should be celebrated and admired. Perfection does not always have to be strived for in art. Art, first and foremost, should be fun.

6. Ease

Not all pictures and art are easy to create. Something simple may have taken a long process to finish. Only the audience views the final edition to the art piece, but are blind and unaware of all the iterations and steps it took in order to create the work. Something that looks simple and easy may not have been during the process of formation.

7. Forms

Art is not limited to paintings, drawings, sketches, sculptures, mosaics, and more. Art is broad, relating to creative writing, fiber arts, scrapbooking, or any other form of crafts and design. Songs, choreography, and even films and television shows can also be categorized as art. While I have referred to art as painting and works alike in this blog, do not be misled. Art is a wide valley and not a narrow path.

8. Reference

Some art can be created by memory and other scenes and imagery require a reference to help. Referencing is allowed in the art world. While sometimes bashed and thought to be as “cheating,” referencing and copying are two separate words with differing meanings. I use references and so do many of your favorite artists.

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