"How does my art Speak Visual?"
Art, by my own definition, is the visual conveyance of an idea in order to evoke a response from a viewer. Through the understanding of this definition, I aim to create artwork that successfully expresses my own ideas and thoughts, thereby speaking to the world through the colors and brushstrokes on the canvas. In return, I receive an emotional response from whoever views my work. Thus, we begin a visual dialog.
Sometimes, the work will draw from the viewer an initial response of anger or sadness. Or, the viewer may feel uplifted by the overall tone of the work. If I am successful, the dialog may continue back and forth at that point. The viewer will continue to be drawn to the work, asking himself questions about what they see. He may be drawn to certain colors or certain types of lines, which may then convey to him even more ideas. Cool waves of blue and purple may calm or relax the viewer, whereas sharp, winding reds and yellows could make him a little uneasy. Even the subject matter of the artwork can evoke an emotional response from the viewer. A painting of a yellow tulip, for example, would stir far different sentiments in the viewer than would a painting of a woman with her head thrown back and arms clutching at the wall behind her.
Creating a dialog between my art and a viewer, or speaking visually, is very important to the success of my art. When I am able to establish this link between my canvas and another person, I am able to convey thoughts and ideas more clearly than would be possible by any other means. Thus the saying, A picture is worth a thousand words, has more validity than one can know.