From the Altamira cave paintings to the present, art is forever.
Indeed, the history of art is a remarkable journey that spans millennia, from the earliest cave paintings like those found in Altamira, Spain, dating back thousands of years, to the incredibly diverse and dynamic contemporary art scene of today. Throughout history, art has served myriad purposes, from recording daily life and cultural beliefs to expressing emotions and pushing the boundaries of creativity.
Each era has its own distinct styles, techniques, and movements, reflecting the unique cultural, social, and technological contexts of the time. From the classical beauty of ancient Greek sculptures to the bold experimentation of the Renaissance, from the emotional intensity of Romanticism to the revolutionary ideas of modern and contemporary art, the evolution of art mirrors the evolution of humanity itself.
While specific styles and forms may come and go, the essence of art—the human impulse to create, to express, and to connect—remains constant. Art continues to inspire, challenge, and provoke us, offering insight into the human experience and sparking dialogue across cultures and generations. So, in a sense, you're right: from Altamira to the present and beyond, art endures as a timeless and essential aspect of human culture.
Light and temperature in painting
I have uploaded some of my drawings on Pixabay that I would like to share with everyone. Among them, my blue betta fish is loved a lot. I feel happy and rewarded that this little painting is giving people joy. Above all, I accidentally discovered a wonderful YouTube channel that featured my paintings and beautiful songs.
This site is by an artist named 'Tomoni Kato' and was used as a backgound image for her song 'The sound of Light'. I would like to express my gratitude to her for kindly citing the source of her picture and posting the song that goes with this image.
This little blue betta is painted in watercolor on letter size paper. Before I drew this picture, I went through an indescribable slump. And the image that came to mind when I was just starting to come out of this creative pain was this blue betta fish. Perhaps this little fish is like a small ray of light that moves freely, free from the pain of artistic creation. Since drawing this fish, I have created an unprecedented amount of work. So this picture is very precious to me. And I wanted to share this experience, so I uploaded it to Pixabay.
If, as an artist, you sometimes feel infinite joy and satisfaction from creating something, but at the same time suffer from the pain of creation, I hope that this Blue Betta will be like a Betta fish that breaks through the obstacles and begins to move.
And strangely enough, the paintings containing such aspirations and invisible messages touched the hearts of others. The paintings are not surprisingly elaborate, large, or new, but they seem to convey an invisible message.
Another painting of mine that is popular with the public is the candle painting below.
When drawing this picture, it is time to think about the temperature the picture has. Just like my philosophy that a painting must be different from a photograph, I wanted to draw a painting that could feel temperature. I hope that when you look at my paintings, you feel warm energy and feel bright and comfortable. I drew the small watercolor painting below with this invisible message.
And it seems that this message is being sufficiently conveyed. While painting the two paintings above, I discovered my vision and mission as an artist.
In the age of artificial intelligence, where technology is trying to swallow and dominate literature and art, I have many concerns about how to live as an artist. People tell me to look at photos and draw. “What are you going to do by drawing the images that come to mind?” Conversely, there are people who support and encourage me to draw images that come to mind.
I believe that drawing after a photo means looking at the world from the angle of the photo. So, if possible, I want to see the world from my own angle, so I draw the image that comes to me.
Of course, you can also view photos. I also look at photos for reference when I have a vague memory of a certain shape. I have students look at photos as a study of form,too.
However I watch group exhibitions of large, old organizations such as the Watercolor Association on YouTube. And it is easy to discover that some of the paintings were drawn from photographs. As a human being and an artist, I want to believe in my own imagination, senses, and my own perspective. It's like the Homo sapiens in the Altamira cave paintings who energetically painted even when there were no photographs. Will there ever come a day when these small efforts of mine will be understood? I think we need to hurry up now before artificial intelligence takes over human dreams in the distant future, or even the not-too-distant future.
Recent mixed media painting, flying bulls.
Recently I've been trying something new. It is a combination of watercolor paint and flower patterns created using the balloon smashing technique, which I used in my existing style. In one of these experiments, to recreate my dream, I drew the flying bulls I had seen in my dream. These bulls were something I remembered from seeing my painting in a dream, and it gave me a destiny-like conviction that this painting would have to be painted someday. And now I think the time has finally come, so I am creating small-sized watercolor paintings before transferring them to larger canvases. It is currently 70 percent complete, with many details remaining. More than anything, I am grateful and happy to have taken the first step in taking the picture from my dream and turning it into a picture in reality.
New technologies such as apple Vision Pro, a virtual reality experience glasses that allow you to immediately play back images in space, and NeuraLink, which has a telepathic function that allows you to control all objects around you through electrical stimulation by implanting an electronic chip in the brain. This is being introduced. As a member of the first generation to move from analog to digital in this era, the rapid change feels surprising and burdensome. All of this brings convenience in the name of innovation, but in these times, artists are asking themselves what to do and what to dream about. At least, it seems that it is no longer the artist's job or duty to draw what the world sees. This is a completely different situation from the previous times when photography was first introduced and artists felt fear but were able to overcome it successfully. In some ways, it is more powerful than photography and can threaten every job in the world. In times like these, I want to paint my dream as an artist. Of course, Elon Musk may one day develop a machine that can draw human dreams. But before that, I want to draw out my dreams one by one. Now is the time for artists to draw what the world cannot see.
Recent watercolor painting : Resilience & Determination, Final version.
After being inspired by the Altamira cave paintings, I explored why humanity engages with art. From the moment Homo sapiens sapiens first painted in his cave until now, art has been expressed as if it were a metaphorical symbol of the cow. Based on this inspiration, I drew the image that came to mind.
Member Artist Showcase Gallery Room 5
Member Artist Showcase Exhibition celebrates the creativity and tapestry of talent that defines our communities. The exhibit runs January 27 through February 24, 2024. The 87 exhibiting artists hail from 53 communities
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