Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Artist's Heart

I've found the arts, no matter what form, have a running theme. Intent is key. Those that want glory but aren't willing to improve might have a level of success, but their expression is shallow and quickly fades. Those that become enamored with the arts are like a star-crossed lover. Their passion only lasts as long as the feeling of euphoria one experiences with creativity's first touch. And then there are those that have no choice--they must create. It pulls from somewhere deep within. It calls to them in the middle of the night. It beckons them forward, causing time to stand still as they painstakingly hone their craft. People see their art and are mesmerized, yet this artist is never satisfied, always looking for ways to improve.

These are the meek and humble souls who recognize their gift as a rare treasure. They spend their lives in the quest to improve simply for the sake of art. It isn't about money. It isn't about recognition or fame. It's about expression in its purest form.

Here is an example of what I'm talking about. The art below is created by Samuel Silva, an artist from Portugal. Here is his bio.

Born in 1983, went through Law School and Lawyer since 2007. 
I'm just a self taught patient hobbyist person.

I've always been interested in drawing, sculpting and painting since i was 2 years old.
I started drawing and developing my own style of ballpoint pen drawing back when I was in school, in simple classroom sketches in the back of my exercise books. I never imagined there were so many brilliantly masterful ballpoint artists out there.

Ballpoint pen is not my only medium, it's just the one I'm currently trying to master. At this point in my life I'm proficient with chalk, pencil, color pencil, pastels, oils and acrylics. Maybe one day I'll create an account just to share those.
I'm just glad to be here, I want to learn a lot, see a lot, and enjoy to its fullest what other fellow artists have to share.
It takes me forever to do my works. The only thing that makes me keep going is my love for what I do and the ambition to go further and further."
Notice he views himself as a hobbyists. He's a lawyer by trade, but this is his passion. He just wants to learn and push himself beyond his incredible ability.

Now take a look at his work. All of these are done with ball point pen. No, I'm not kidding.

As I sat here, astonished that something as commonplace as a ballpoint pen could wield such brilliant detail, I remembered once being just as mesmerized by a ballet dancer in the park, or another time by a violinist on a New York street corner. It was then that I realized that the power of such displays of creativity doesn't come from any specific medium, it comes from the fact that we are witnessing a glimpse of the artist's heart.  

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