Everyday we have silent conversations. It occurs between you and the variety of art you see at any moment. Not just the pretty art hanging on the walls, but even the images and text that wrap a bottle of shampoo. You - we are processing a conversation about what we see. All day, every day.
It seems to me we should be very selective about what actually impacts our minds, therefore our very being. To some extent we can control our own personal space, even our desktops and devices. We can choose what we put in front of ourselves- every day. For instance, On my FB newsfeed are several hundred artists. At any given point I can see 10-20 new art pieces presented by these artists. With each one I have a very brief silent conversation. It could be as simple as “ oh my that is beautiful” or “ew, I don’t like that.” Often we have these conversations subliminal, not actually recognizing how much this impacts our day. If allowed by me, the painting I did not like could cause more like minded thoughts and before I realize it I have put myself into a downward emotional spiral, not liking anything I see, and eschwing everything and voila! I’m in a grumpy mood. It happens in a matter of minutes. Test yourself, see how easily an image can impact your soul. Good news, though. You can reverse this by simply choosing to soak in a beautiful image that nurtures your being. It’s all a matter of choice. It’s a silent conversation between you and the image. This can be a powerful tool in your day once you are aware and intentional about it.
On my desktop is a screensaver or wallpaper of my favorite art- my Autumn Falling painting. Leaves tumbling from the tree to the ground, gentle breeze seems to cause the leaves to dance about before reaching the ground. Bright beautiful colors in each leaf call to me to savor- even for a moment - the beauty around me.
The silent conversation between the leaf image and my mind, set me up to have a day where I can allow joy to visit me.
That’s what art does, it has a conversation with you.
The real question then is: what kind of art do you want surrounding your headspace?
PS. Thanks for reading my thoughts. Here's a link to the image I referenced: https://www.monicahebertart.com/warehouse-open-edition-prints/art_print_products/leaves?product_gallery=145281&product_id=4382348