Art can cause us to challenge ourself and this is often felt at the very core of our existence. Challenging ourself can bring tension but also remind us that any negative situation or experience we’ve ever had in our lives can be overcome with the power of deliberate and intentional action which can create a transformation or change for the better. For example this would look like the need to transform a negative to a positive situation when a negative situation such as a toxic relationship has been causing you stress or transforming from your old life into a new one by acknowledging that your old life is no longer fulfilling your needs, such as your job or career.

Art is good medicine and De Botton a British philosopher and Armstrong, who is a German writer express the needs from “Art is Therapy” Book into 7 functions of Art through the use of psychology which relates to the mental and emotional states of a person which contributes to your well-being.
The 1st function of Art is - REMEMBERING.

Art can help us to remember significant events in our life, emphasizing celebrations such as Birthdays, work milestones, Christmas or just because such as a special thank you or gift for someone your thinking about often that you cherish.

The 2nd function of Art is - HOPE.

Art has the ability to resonate with our being in such a way that only the viewer can comprehend the affect it has over the senses. When we are in a mental state of hope, we can experience a variety of emotions such as a desire to increase happiness from a tragic event such as a loss of a loved one or pet. 

The 3rd function of Art is - SORROW.

Art can bring great meaning into our life, it makes us feel joy and sorrow and acts as a reservoir for memories to flow. Such as the feeling of sorrow can motivate and inspire you to purchase Art that will bring the 1st function of Art: Remembering into context.

The 4th function of Art is - RE BALANCING.

In the same way Art can help us remember a loved one, we can feel overwhelmed at times about the different phases of life which connect to the ups and downs of our emotions. Art can help us to find that balance when we are experiencing a major low in our life; it gives us the middle ground of our everyday existence.
Grounding our experience into the here and now can soothe our soul whilst we continue to go through these highs and lows of life.

The 5th function of Art is - SELF-UNDERSTANDING.

Art has the ability to give us a sense of who we are from within. These glimpses of who we are can fill us with the capacity to learn more and understand more deeply the different components that make up our journey along the way. Each step bringing us closer to this realization. Now isn’t that something to celebrate?

The 6th function of Art is - GROWTH.

When we consider Art as a tool to understand more about who we are as the 5th function of Art delicately described, this can lead us to grow to our full potential. This will challenge us to step outside of our comfort zone in order to expand and with this expansion brings more opportunities to flourish.

The 7th function of Art is - APPRECIATION.

Art gives us the opportunity to be grateful and mindful of what we currently have in our lives that is bringing us joy. When we stop to appreciate life’s little moments, this can draw our attention to the focus of a fulfilling life event that triggered a blissful moment of blessings. In that moment of time, we have captured that appreciation through the 1st function of the Art of Remembering.

Art always serves some kind of function or purpose for us in many ways in our lives that it is often over-looked and can bring with it many benefits, here is just some to name but a few through the 7 Principles of Art and 7 elements of Art.

A principle of Art is how the Artist uses the placement of repeated elements within an artwork to show their intention. This intention acts as a course of action in which the artist will commit to which forms the plan, structure and purpose for the artwork.

The 1st principle of Art is - BALANCE.

Balance within an artwork can be shown for example by the use of an arrangement of objects within a painting which are balanced on both sides such as having a vase in the middle of the canvas with apples on both the right hand side of the vase and left hand side. This is a classic example of a symmetrical artwork. These combination of elements are used to provoke a feeling, which can add stability to the artwork, resulting in equilibrium. There is 2 major types of this balance within an artwork and they are called symmetrical and asymmetrical. Asymmetrical art does not match up on both sides like symmetrical does.

The 2nd principle of Art is - CONTRAST.

Contrast is a clever way to put emphasis on the different elements within an artwork. Such as light virus dark. Square versus a circle. Black versus white and etc.

The 3rd principle of Art is - MOVEMENT.

Movement is a principle of design within Art which creates movement of the body.
This principle can also create the feeling of this movement by guiding the viewer through the action of this movement.

The 4th principle of Art is - PROPORTION.
Proportion is a fundamental principle of art and design. It involves similar size, scale, and amount of art elements that are displayed within a piece of art to make up the overall cohesive relationship to each other.

The 5th principle of Art is - RHYTHM.
To create rhythm within a piece of art; movement will come into play and to set this in motion a careful placement of repeated art elements will make your artwork come alive with visual momentum.

The 6th principle of Art is - UNITY AND BALANCE.
Unity and Harmony are important principles of art and design and can be best described as the interconnected relationship of all the similar repeated art elements within an artwork. For example one simple tip to create this effect is the use of colour gradations which will give you this subtle quality of harmony and unity within your artwork.

The 7th principle of Art is - VARIETY.
Variety as a principle of Art and can be used in ways such as in different shapes, size, colour, objects to create an assortment of design and so much more.

Understanding 7 principles of Art we can begin to understand the amount of content that Artists are thinking about in order to create the perfect piece of Art so that it contains a cohesive arrangement of Art Elements based on aesthetics and emotional depth.

From this emotional depth we can begin to breakdown the 7 Artistic Elements that bring together the 7 principles of Art and see first hand the mastery behind an artists mind and skill. The benefits of bringing all these together within an artwork really helps the viewer to understand the content inside the art and emotional depth at play which the story was based on. Creating a piece of Art that sparks that memory or emotional experience in the viewer is what truly shows the connection we have with each other and humanity as a whole, its what makes our story come alive. When you find that special connection with an artist that is painting reflections of the soul, you know you’ve found the one perfect piece of Art which brings together all these art principles and elements like a symphony.

The 7 Elements of Art which make the perfect Artwork are line, colour, form, shape, space, texture, and value.
Stay tuned for our next article on the basic elements that make up the perfect masterpiece.

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