Artism is the practice and philosophy of trying to see beyond the explicit forms of the world. Artists help humanity see that there are other ways to look at the world beyond our own personal and limited perceptions. In helping to expand our consciousness this way, Artists ensure that our understanding and appreciation of the world’s gifts and insights is infinite and always growing.
The process of creating visual art is one of the oldest human cultural endeavors. Our earliest ancestors painted on cave walls not only to tell stories, but to attempt to “shape” the world and influence its outcomes. Throughout history, Artists helped convey spiritual messages even when their religions expressly forbade representing human likenesses. Today Artists are at the forefront of cultural and spiritual traditions insofar as they help us see the world with new eyes, and to understand the deeper meaning behind what we see. In pushing their own boundaries, they help expand our cultural understanding and appreciation of the human condition.
Of course, practicing and producing their chosen art form or medium is the main way in which Artists practice their religion. Also, teaching others to draw, paint, design and sculpt (etc.) also helps disseminate the Artistic sensibility.
No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.
— Oscar Wilde
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
— Pablo Picasso
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
— John W. Gardner
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
— Friedrich Nietzsche