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A glimpse of African Contemporary Art

woman with face and body paint

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

African contemporary art is finally on the rise after so many years of being repressed, it just may be the next big thing. Firstenberg (2003) says “contemporary African art” implies a particular kind of art that has conquered, or, as some would say, has been absorbed by the international art world and art market since the 1980s. Although African art has always been contemporary to its producers, the term has been redefined over the years. In the 1800s African art was seen as curiosity artifacts and in the 1900s it was defined as Natural History Museums and now in the 20th century according to Dr. Klemmi (2021).

 African Contemporary Art is not as popular as European and Western art because it has lacked publicity and awareness. Most Africans were trained in European and American schools so the African expressions are only seen when one connects back to their own roots. The effects of colonialism obscure African art, and the relatively recent introduction of Islam and Christianity has impacted the styles of some African art. 

The seeds in African Contemporary are seen now by the various Art schools emerging and a growing number of high-worth individuals and rapid urbanization in Africa especially in East Africa and West Africa. The goal or of African Contemporary art is to analyze the nature of art itself and make the viewer question what it is that defines art exactly. It is a means of expressing how one views social and cultural commentary. So when you see an African art piece remember most African art has multiple meanings and uses, so when you look at African art understand that it more than likely has a complex back story.

It would be an injustice not to mention that a lot of museums host a lot of unprecedented African Contemporary Art all over Europe and North America. Nigeria hosted the 4th edition of Art X Lagos in the first 6 months of 2019 and 1000 artworks were sold around the art. This form of art is growing because where most Art collectors we western now Africans have joined in the buzz. A lot of African artists have performed on a global scale example include Ibrahim El Salahi, Dominic Benhura, Kudzanai Chiurai, and   Okeke C Uche, Ntiro Sam J  amongst others.

References

Firstenberg, Lauri (2003). “Negotiating the Taxonomy of Contemporary African Art – Production, Exhibition, Commodification”, in Farrell, L. A., V. Byvanck (eds), Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora. New York: Museum for African Art, p. 40.

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Remembering  a legend in our midst!

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

The late Joseph Ndandarika was born in Harare but grew up in Rusape in Zimbabwe, He was both a Painter and a Sculptor and created a signature tool of mixing the paints on the canvas rather than the palette, a technique that created a highly uneven surface.  

His most notable work was “Bushmen Running from the Rain” (1962) Magic Bird” (1962). He inherited a love of art from his mother who was artistic and occasionally worked as a model for the sculptor Job Kekana, another Rusape resident.

 It was Father John Groeber and Cornelius Manguma that recognized his talent at Serima Mission in the late 1950s.  The two took him under their wings to teach him in drawing and woodcarvings until Groeber introduced him to painting paint several murals inside St. Mary’s church.

 In 1959, he moved to Salisbury and later joined Frank McEwen’s Workshop School in Harare in 1960. While he was one of McEwen’s leading painters he specialized in landscapes and witchcraft scenes. The height of Ndandarika’s painting career came when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) acquired his 1962 oil, “Bushmen Running from the Rain.”

After several years of painting, Ndandarika was sent by McEwen to train in stone sculpture with Joram Mariga. During the mid-1960s he gradually shifted more and more towards sculpting and ended up in all of McEwen’s major exhibitions that made Zimbabwean stone sculpture famous.

The hardest challenge for Ndandarika’s was in getting McEwen to acknowledge Shona mythology by telling him that spirits inhabited the rock formations. This formulation had a major impact on McEwen’s marketing of his sculpture, leading him to claim that his sculptors were unleashing the spirit in the stone in the course of their work.

Another rough period came in his life when McEwen’s left Rhodesia in the 1970s so he had to find his own. However, he had a major comeback in the 1980s that he became part of the Zimbabwean arts revival and so he was remembered as one of the country’s most prominent “first generation” sculptors.

One of Ndandarika’s sculptural works, called Telling Secrets, was depicted on a Zimbabwean stamp issued to commemorate Commonwealth Day on 14 March 1983. It formed the 11c value in a set completed with works by Henry Munyaradzi, John Takawira, and Nicholas Mukomberanwa.

Selected solo or group exhibitions (According to Wikipedia)

1963 New Art from Rhodesia, Commonwealth Institute, London

1964 International Art exhibition, Lusaka, Zambia

1968 New African Art; organised by MoMA, New York, USA

1971 Sculpture Contemporaine des Shonas d’Afrique, Musée Rodin, Paris, France

1981 Retrospective Exhibition of Shona Sculpture, Zimbabwe House, London

1985 Contemporary Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1987 International Contemporary Art fair, Los Angeles, USA

1988 Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, USA

1988 Australia Art Expo, Darling Harbour, Sydney

1990 Contemporary Stone Carving from Zimbabwe, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

1990 Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe, Millesgården Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

2000 Chapungu: Custom and Legend – A Culture in Stone, Kew Gardens, UK

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Ndandarika

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Against all odds: Gabriel

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

When you want to talk about determination, you are just defining this young artist, Gabriel. This young man has a beautiful soul that ignites so brightly when you bring about the topic of art. His specialty is oil graphite painting and you see the soul in his painting, He actually says “I believe that art is magic because of its ability to touch the soul of the viewer.”



Figure 2one race, that the human race

When asked what inspires him he simply says that his surroundings but most of it comes from the creativity within. He discovered his love of art at the tender age of 10 but took it professionally after high school. The beauty of it all is that he’s always believed in himself so authenticity has always been his answer to any question when it comes to his art.

He considered himself a very emotional being and believes you cannot be an artist when you are not in tough with your emotions. Being an emotional being he naturally gets very emotional as he remembers how far he has come when we ask about his struggles as an artist.  Words fail him when he think of his struggle of being accepted and appreciated for the man he is. He felt all kinds of emotions when people ridiculed him or simple ignored because he was disabled.

What saved him was his authenticity and self-awareness of what he could be that saved him from what could have been a dark place and anyone else would have given up.  He was then able to channel all this negativity and express it through art and that was soothing to the soul as art has the ability to heal and confront at the same time.  This self-belief and determination were brought to life through one of the best works in his painting titled “I’ll figure it out.”

 He’s a believer of Horoscope and says it’s by no mistake he is a Gemini he believes that is why he is creative and observant.

There was so much fire in his eyes when he’s thinking about the future. In terms of hopes and aspirations, he doesn’t ask for too much he just wants to see his artwork being showcased in renowned galleries at an international level.

 He’s grateful to Ethelartconnect for the marketing and opening opportunities yet. This will not be the last you hear of him his going to reach greater heights. He says it is hard to be an artist and when you disable the odds are against you more often than not so to have a company that gives you ample opportunity and a platform is mindboggling so he will forever be grateful.

He is a living testimony that you can be or do whatever you set your mind to. His advice to the fellow artist is “Pray to God for leadership and keep dreaming but think different”

His other works include “I loved her first” and “One race, that human race”

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Meet The artists (Profile Series ) part 1

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

We are all born with different talents and sometimes we only realize what our purpose or passions are late in life. However, some gifts are unique or rare to come by but they need to be utilized and natured. Art is one of those rare talents that needs practice so a support system is necessary for the artist to come alive. When l say Art am talking about all forms of art especially Painting, Drawing, Sculptor and Poetry.

The brilliant thing about Ethelartconnect is the main focus is on you the Artist and your skill and nothing else.  The rest is managed by a team of great supporters who will help you every step of your progress. This article will be a long series for the coming weeks as we take a closer glimpse at the artist at Ehelartconnect Enterprise.

Christwish

Christwish is a young creative visual artist who believes in God as the name implies and is grateful to him for his talent and success. His drawings are influenced by flowers, human activities, landscapes, animals, and a desire to see young artists thrive. Christwish is a humble young man who enjoys his work as he is living his dream. Although it is a struggle to earn a living he still does the work for the love and enjoys the benefits of his labor. When he is not making enough to get buy he earns a few bucks through Photography.

Christwish first discovered his love for art at age 5 after being taught by his dad and so it wasn’t surprising when he entered the Art Club in Grade 1. He enjoyed every moment he spent in that club but it was at age 9 that his breakthrough would come and a lifetime of opportunities.

He won 1st prize in Grade 4 in a national art club competition hosted by the World Food Program nationwide competition. That same drawing took 5th place in the whole of Africa and it was also 12th out of 88 countries. This was when he knew that art was his destiny and he kept going and the final was then held in Rome, Italy.  Talk about opportunity! Here is an artist who knows what he is doing and has had many doors open because of hard work and drive!

This is a rare story because many artists struggle to make it but to have an opportunity come that early in life is a blessing one never once to lose. Christwish has won many awards ever since and he proudly has 18 awards in art and 3 are national awards. To have the blessing and support of his parents is the greatest achievement according to him.

Christwish is multitalented but he considers himself more of an impressionist painter but he also does abstract realism and does drawing and is quite a good sculptor.

It is common for a writer to have writer’s block as it is common for artists to get what l will coin artist block”. I asked the young man about how he unblocks and he had a mindboggling answer he does it by shooting pictures or studying more skills in art. Wow!!

His greatest achievement would be becoming one of the greatest World Class Artist to live and to mentor other artist too.

Ba Ropa

Ba Ropa

 Ba Ropa is a multi-talented man, who paints, draws, and does Sculptor and is very hopeful for the bright future ahead.  He is also a proud father who wants the world to know he is proud to be a dad a trait we need more men to carry.  Ba Ropa wasted no time studying anything else except Art education and Art production at Masvingo and Gweru Polytechnic and Great Zimbabwe Universities respectively. Interestingly he was taught the Western art school but being the creative artist he diversifying it to African-inspired art.

His love for art began in the 90s when he was in primary school and had the rare gift of having the support of part of his parents, sisters, and lectures at University. The burden to make it was made lighter as he a support fanbase in his family and Lecturers.  He considers himself lucky as he’s able to buy his own art materials as that is one of the obstacles many artists faces.

On where he gets his inspiration from he says from day to day encounters and nature. He also considers himself a very cultural man so culture plays a major role in his work. He also gets motivated by other artists both those that have left us and those who are still alive.

It is ironic that the artist that he admires is not even an artesian but a musician and the reason why he is a follower is because of his fame and mastery. The musician is the Congolese man, Kofi Olimide who’s been in the music industry for a very long time. He hasn’t had any major accomplishments but he believes he’s going places as he thanks Ariyana for connecting him with Ehelartconnect.

BaRopa is a multitalented man because apparently when he’s struggling to create an artwork he either plays mbira or studies art. This is an interesting observation because it seems artists use art to unwind. He hopes to have a following in the Art Industry and hope he will inspire other artists.

BaRopa is generally a happy soul especially when he is in the studio it will be like he will be in his whole. Art is a form of expression so these hopes and aspirations are seen within his work.

CHITATE

Having talent is one thing but being able to master it and evolve it makes one a genius. This young man is an artist who is self-taught who says his mastery of art became at the age of 5 and 6. If memory serves him right his family said they knew he would pursue art at that age because of the “masterpieces” he used to draw on the sand.

Chitate’s love for art began in his formative years in primary school where he drew a dozen drawings using a pencil. He remembers himself at the age of 5 clearly getting good grades from one teacher for producing the best patterns.  All through the 7 years of primary, he was always at the top of his class in Art class so he decided to continue to pursue arts.

One of his biggest regrets in life was “ I was given a choice between studying Art and Woodworks a practical subject and chose Woodwork because l thought l was good at Art already so didn’t need to study it.

In 2003 while pursuing a course in engineering he turned his talent into a business opportunity. He began doing commissions with fellow students and even today he still survives on these commissions.  In 2006 after moving to Mutare within a space of two weeks he got a place to advertise his work which was great because he then gained a following in clients.

Chitate’s proudest moment was when he produced 100 artworks within a period of 2 years. The fruits of his labor became fruitful in 2009 when he won the Graffiti Award at HIFA and the following year, 2010   also. He then had an opportunity to have his first exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2015. However, through Ethelartconnect there were many Exhibitions and more is yet to come.

What Ethelartconnect has brought to the table for him is having various platforms to produce and sell his work at various Exhibitions hosted by them. He gets a lot of ideas and gets motivated as he interacts with other artists and admits Ethelartconnect produce a great marketing platform as he has gained a lot of clientele with them.,

He owes his progress so far to his composure and diligence especially with the graphite pencils he works on. He commends himself for moving gradually to Acrylic paints. To those wondering what Acrylic paintings us it is a fast-drying paint that is water-soluble but becomes water-resistant when dry. A graphite pencil is also called a lead pencil, they have a thin graphic core embedded in a shell and is ideal for artists as it’s stronger than an ordinary pencil and it’s always shop ad clean and doesn’t smudge easily so the drawing will be sharp and clean.

 The first people to believe in him were his Uncles but his parents joined the support system when they saw his talent.  Other support he has obtained from seeing and engaging other artists especially those focused on Portraiture. He says his “aha” moment when he captures the emotions or feelings of a person on paper.

For Chitate when it comes to the inspiration he gets it from UK bases artist Rolf Harris. What captivated him about Harris was the man’s beginning and up to now, ‘That what l call determination.” Harris specializes in Oil painting and with every stroke, he brings alive every aspect of beauty in his subject. When He is struggling to find inspiration to draw he watches other fellow artists and watching other artists working on YouTube or Instagram.

In ten years from now, the vision is to be a fully functional artist who is fully dependent on himself for finances. After he has established himself he hopes to inspire other upcoming artists and to be sharing his skill and talents with the whole world.

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The Plight of Art losing its aura

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

Every picture tells a story and it is important for one to know the story behind a painting or sculptor. Walter Benjamin once said the aura of artwork is lost in the reproduction of the work so Art is just not the same any-more. The authenticity in any piece of artwork is what makes it beautiful. The media often distorts this due to political correctness or other policies so people never get the full experience of an artwork,

The aura has vanished in our modern-day age because art has now become reproducible and people can purchase classic literature cheaply in paperback. Or a painting can be purchased as a poster and there is another new form of art experience through TV and adverts. Although we may be embracing technology there is just something about staring at original art in a gallery or visiting a unique historic building.  The technology helps in the sense that people can connect with the person behind the story through social media articles and articles or even documentaries.

However, if we can then recreate the olden day where art was important and understood we can get the “aura of art back.” This can be done through Art history and through artist telling their stories of how they discovered their first love of art. They then can retell the struggles so upcoming artists don’t give up. As much as we are living in a digitalized world there is something about seeing the real thing and understanding how it came to be.

Here are few stories behind paintings….

In the painting “The Night Watch Story “  by Rembrandt the main focus behind it was of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his company marching out for war. There painting has about 34 characters in which Rembrandt added a drummer to it for context.  The ‘moment” depicted is part of a series of paintings believed to have been depicted by the Captain and his arm. The reason being this army was well known for their fondness of creating paintings.

 Then there is “The starry night “ by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889  which was a result of a mental episode. After he had a mental breakdown that resulted in self-mutilation of his ear he voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum in 1989. This where it is said he produced many of his best works. he produced some of his best-known work. This particular one shows the view from the east-facing window of his room at the asylum just before sunrise with the addition of an idyllic village. Hearing such a story and one’s imagination makes the viewer understand and appreciate the work.

Even though people are modernized they still need to be in touch with reality and what better way to experience art as it is. Just like when you are reading a book and then you see the film, there is never a moment when a movie can bring out the story in the way it is written. So even though you can try and recreate an art there is just some magic missing.  Sometimes you just need to fill.

In 2017 l experienced art in a new way through the paintings of Lin Barrie called “The painted Wolf. “which became a foundation for conservation. The painting is of the endangered African Wild dogs and so she also came up with a brand of wines called Painted Wolves Wine” where all proceeds go to the protection of these endangered species.

Behind every piece of art, there is a story being told whether it subtle or huge and art is essential for our future and history lets unite in making it whole again

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Gender Based Violence

By Prince Chidzvondo

As the scourge of gender-based violence continues unabated and worse during the Covid 19 pandemic, conversations revolving around gender-based violence were once limited before they became hashtags and the world felt a need for more to be said. A lot is still said, yet ignoring how a little is done. With fresh conversations revolving around more solutions, a question still rises over how much Art still stands as a voice or an expression preaching the societal ails.

Outstanding actress, mother, and performer, Jo-Anne Tenga, speaks for the need of the Arts to elevate, increase combat and awareness against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) through action, following the premiere of the new YouTube series “Kugara Nhaka Kuona Dzevamwe in which she stars.  

During the #16DaysOfActivism campaign, which is an international campaign to raise awareness and fight against GBV, Bus Stop TV premiered a new YouTube Series that features Jo-Anne Tenga and Sharon Maggi Chideu among other performers. They pull a stunning performance relating to each of their different characters who go through altered ails and different traumas, yet, dramatizing realities society has seen, heard, and gone through.

The series focuses on different households who interact on a daily, exploring the personal relationships around them. The issues around GBV are carried delicately, yet they are in a deeper margin than the generalized stereotypes of violence people think. It advances further into exploring different types of abuse at different stages of these relationships – amongst all genders and different financial backgrounds. It breaks into issues of mental health and teenage pregnancy from a new perspective. It opens up conversations about privilege, dominance, and stereotyping.

Jo-Anne notes the need for more relatable stories to be told as she plays a relatable character who suffers from emotional abuse during her marriage without realizing both its presence and consequence.

The thespian added a few strong points that ignite artists to take the stand against gender-based violence, and how the industry must never tire.

“The importance of art as a medium to raise awareness on gender-based violence has been an integral part in fighting societal and legal control of women’s bodies. If they were more stories and more art presenting the true reflections of everyday society, more people would know that hidden demons are the strongest. As the arts, we try to alert people about gender-based violence but more can be done, more solutions, more on what needs to be done and how people understand where it’s happening, how it’s happening and why.”

“The series is something I am proud of, I am proud of telling this story. I wouldn’t give my performance as honestly as I could if I didn’t feel the story. On camera, a part of me wanted to bring in the message that’s really out there, I wanted to bring that feeling into space to capture the essence of the story and turn it into something tangible. Women are dying out there, ever other artists are going through these things.”

She believes that fighting gender-based violence is a long process that starts with deconstructing the social, legal, and economic roots of gender inequality and tells those stories and their dynamics. On her side-lines, Jo-Anne keeps the activism alive by being part of live conversations, advising people, telling stories, and joining awareness campaigns. She plights the need for activism, noting how creative art plays a very important role in gender-based violence advocacy.

Bearing her fort in different groups, she helps with programs that seek to enlighten people about the realities of gender-based violence.

“I am in women groups,” she says, “I perform these conversations and I preach about them whenever I can. I have online stories that tell about gender-based violence and turmoil. As writers, singers, performers, we must break the culture of violence and abuse.”

In the past, other artists have held their own presentations in the form of writing, exhibitions, theatre, and more. The favor of art is its ability to reflect on heartbreaking testimonials, stories of survival and hope, stories of forgiveness, accountability healing.

With art like this, they can be more elaborate on the fact that people who are involved in any acts of gender-based violence do so because they see nothing wrong with it, or they justify it. More stories are needed to change the mentality of people on how they what gender-based violence and abuse is, that way, the narratives will be told better.

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Your favorite artist in History

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

These were just ordinary people that took art to the next level and now are legends whose legacy still lives on long beyond their years. Art isn’t just about talent, innovation, and vision it’s about taking a moment in time and embracing it and making it timeless. This is what made them fellow men great. As we remember them lets see what makes them special and this will be a continuing series….. let’s begin

Vincent Van Gogh(1853-1890

This one was a unique artist because he is known for being mentally unstable yet he had his best work in that state. He did cut off his ear after an argument and then signed himself in a mental institution. His most famous painting is The Starry Night, Wheatfield with Crows, and Café Terrace at Night. Van Gogh’s technique of painting with flurries of thick brushstrokes made of bright colors squeezes straight from the tube inspired generations of artists.

Funfact : To this date there is Van Gogh Museum.

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night(1889)

Michelangelo(1475-1564)

Considered to be the greatest of all time because he was a triple threat in that he was a painter, a sculptor, and an architect. Imagine having all that talent and managing it so well like he did and it’s a quadruple since he also wrote poetry. He sculpted The David in Florence and Pieta in Rome and painted the Sistine Chapel ceilings and designed the dorms for St Peters Basilica. The genuineness in him was seen through The David sculpture which he created from a discarded block of marble. According to Walks of Italy  (2015) he a forger as he forged a piece called  Sleeping Cupid which was an ancient Roman sculptor.

Funfact: He was the first person to have an autobiography published during his lifetime.

Michelangelo’s The David (1504)

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

He was Dutch and his greatest work includes The Night Watch, Self Portrait of Apostle Paul. He is particularly known for his ability to show the innermost emotions through facial expression. One interesting fact was that he wasn’t just an artist he was an art collector too. He sadly outlived his wife and four children and he later died in an unmarked grave. His home in Amsterdam has been turned into the Rembrandt House Museum. One of his fine work was stolen from Isabell Stewart Garner Museum in Boston it was called Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilea and its still missing.

Funfact. There are no contemporary primary or contemporary sources so a lot of myth plays a big role in many of his biographies.

Rembrandt’s The Night Watch (1642)

Pablo Picasso(1881-1973)

He’s probably the best-known artist of all time even those who are not lovers of art can easily name him. His famous paintings are Girl before a mirror, the weeping woman and Guernica, Last Moments, and Les Demoiselles d’Avighon. According to Britannica Picasso has sold for 100 million in the 21st Century. He created over 20 000 art pieces in a wide range of mediums, including ceramics and theatre sets. Funny enough his father, a skilled artist teaching at the Barcelona School of Fine he gave up his career after seeing his son’s talent. Reportedly after Pablo finished Ruiz’s painting of a pigeon according to Stewart(2019)

Funfact: As a child prodigy he finished his first painting at 9 but he held his first exhibit in Barcelona, Spain at the age of 19

Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937)

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Often called the original Renaissance men because he lived his life on the basis that man’s capacity for personal development and expansion was without limits. He served as a role model of science and invention as he applied these to music and art. His most known painting is Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and The lady with an Ermine, and Self Portraits of John the Baptist. He also

did drawings of technologies like aircraft’s and tanks that were 500 years in the future. According to Jessica White(2020) he was an illegitimate child but that didn’t stop him and he only has about 20 painting that are attributed to him.

Fun Fats: Bills gates owns his notebook to this date.

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503-1517)

References

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pablo-Picasso

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WHATS IN A PAINTING!

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

The common adage “A picture says a thousand words “is so true especially when we talk about paintings.  When an artist paints a picture or draws an image there is a message that they are trying to convey.  What makes a painting successful is composition, colors, and subject matter all work harmoniously to deliver a unified and well-executed artwork.

People find it difficult to understand a painting because they overthink, art should appeal to you through your senses. The art of reading an artwork is not in how much you know about art. It’s just about paying attention to de

tail, a little bit of patience, and a willingness to reflect on your own feelings. This doesn’t mean a painting has to be beautiful to the eye for it to be a good one, it just has to grab one’s attention one way or the other. Sometimes a painter can share a painful story through a grotesque image or even in a beautiful manner. The beauty in art is you don’t have to worry about the reaction of people because the greatest Masterpieces in history were never received well at first.

However depending on the composition or structure of the artwork sometimes you cannot tell what the message is at first glance When others see a painting all they see is color but artists like the French artist, Yves Klein intended for just that in his painting  “Untitled Orange Monochrome”  where all you see is orange.

 The elements of a good painting consist of technique and technical aspects, Personal and Emotional Involvement, and Novelty. Once you know this and appreciate this a painting is then easier to decipher. There are three things a painting can’t live without and these are the focal point which is the ‘culmination of the momentum” which is the element that engages the viewer it can be bold or can be subtle. Layers of colors can make a painting dark or bright so they create the atmosphere. Lastly changes in direction because of the way a brush move makes a statement.

The most important thing l want to leave the reader with is when you find a painting that you respond to ask yourself why?. Why that type of artwork resonates with you can be a stepping stone in self-discovery. As the saying goes “We don’t see things they are but we are”

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A  letter  for  the  upcoming  artist!! 

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

Are you an upcoming artist and you wondering if what you are doing is the right thing? Well, am here to tell you don’t fret you are on the right path. The good news is you are not alone most artworks that are now Masterpieces were not received well at first. The most important thing to remember is speaking your truth don’t just paint or draw. Art needs a level of freedom and carelessness not to worry about what people think but draw them in by telling the story as it is. Art can be appreciated with time because it requires a bit of soul searching for the viewer and most times they don’t even know it.

Another important thing is you should know your colors, they are a powerful tool when telling a story. The color of your painting or drawing sets the mood. Colour can make a painting tranquil or vibrant, dramatic or stark. The focus is on you this is the only place where your voice matters and you let out the pain, join, frustration, or ecstatic feeling you have and no one can take it away. Long after you are gone your artwork will still tell your story. So you need to make sure it tells the story you want to tell.

Now that you know confidence and self-belief are a requirement now l need you to remind yourself of something. Whenever you sit down to create your work l want you to close your eyes and envision the message you want to convey then draw it as you imagined. The brush or pen is a powerful tool and a dangerous one if it falls into the wrongs hands. Right now you can paint or draw anything beyond what you could imagine if you just get in touch with your feelings. Do not hesitate if you do look for inspiration elsewhere and draw or paint. Another way to gather motivation is to look at other artists and even read on the big names in the industry and you gain wisdom and companionship. Dreams and desired realities can be made plausible in a painting or drawing so let your inhibitions run and show it with your brush or pencil.

Yes, you can and you will because “ Success is just an attitude if you believe you can or cannot you are right.” Remember yours is a rare gift that most can never have so don’t deprive the world of the greatness in you!