Posted February 10, 2011on:
Hello everyone! My name is Joseph. Welcome to my new blog, which I hope can become a means of learning about things that maybe you or I both didn’t really know a lot about before! Through this project, I hope to begin to see the world in a new light.
I have been guilty all my life of falling into that most human of traps. The things in life that should have excited me didn’t. Art in particular comes to mind.
I always loved music and theater. One of my earliest memories from childhood was my parents taking me to an audition to take part in “The Wizard of Oz”, which was a children’s rendition of the timeless classic starring Judy Garland. Though my seven-year-old mind was racked with both nervousness and some self-doubt, I did every line and action that was asked of me. I wound up playing one of the Evil Flying Monkeys, and I had the time of my young life. I went on to take part in six other Prairie Fire Theater productions and high school plays and a community rendition of “A Christmas Carol.”
In terms of music, I became involved in music from my earliest memories as well. I took piano lessons when I was six. I learned how to play the violin when I was ten years old. Music in orchestral form and just in classical style became a passion of mine. Listening to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” opens a person’s soul and mind in a brilliant harmony of color, sound, and feeling. Conversely, Beethoven can reach the depths of our souls with his heavy piano chords. His “Moonlight Sonata” is a very weighty example. For a flavor, here is “Four Seasons, and here is “Moonlight Sonata”. Enjoy!
While my taste for the arts has always been with me, I have never really delved into the visual arts, which are breathtaking and very hard to interpret usually. In my blog entries, I will try to pick different pieces of artwork which I found to be both beautiful in form and beautiful in substance. I will research the artist, what her or his motivation was for making the piece, and what message the piece may offer to us today.
I wish to please put the strongest of disclaimers on my thoughts here at the outset. I am not an art expert. I have no official background educationally in the art world as pertains to visual art. I am merely giving a passing glimpse at some monumental works and how they have affected me. I hope that with feedback from others and continued learning and growing, that my naiveté and ignorance in the arts may come to diminish. Thank you so very much for taking the time to journey with me.
My first piece of art is going to be The Wanderer above the Mists, which was painted in 1818 by the German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. I will post my thoughts on this very soon. Thank you all again!