If I said to you, “Art is a transformative experience. Once you relate to it, you will be forever changed.” You might not be so willing to look and you might lean harder on the color of your walls and sofa and maybe a decorator to pick out what looks “best” in your home,
I get it. I’ve stood outside on beautiful days, art displayed, and seen people avoid eye contact or get really interested in how I did “that.” Attitudes people take on in defense of art – or anything – don’t change the facts. Art is transformative. It will change your life. It will take you to places you haven’t been, perhaps without your knowing it. It will stretch you and teach you and uplift you and give you a place to put your feelings. All of them.
Art in this case is like everything else. Is there a part of your life that doesn’t transform you? There isn’t. It’s up to you to find the nudge of transformation in your life – your everyday life, your travel life, your job life, your parenting/partnering life. You know what I mean. That’s why people like Ralph Waldo Emerson spend so much thought on acceptance – and embrace – of the “new.”
The new is merely the now. (I said that!)
Emerson considers resistance:
“Every ultimate fact is only the first of a new series. … The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism.”
Ah, I wish I’d said “abyss of skepticism.”
If we take this moment we’re in right now – yes, this one. Just this. If we wrap it in the attunement of appreciation, then we must allow its presence, its attitudes, its perseverance; and we will be transported to the next and the next moments and we will be the elements of change that we are looking for, we will.
Now I will lead you to a newness that is mine. I have been putting together the cells and DNA of my art into the format of a new site.
Pamwhiteart.com will lead you anew to my art. Some you may know, some you may discover new. Any way, either way, there it is. I welcome your feedback, your critique, your kindness.