|"Painted Desert" (c) 2013 - Artist, Jessica Snowden|
One of my "other jobs" is volunteering at school to be an Art Docent. This means that I stop by school for an hour or so, once per month, to teach kids an art lesson the teacher has chosen. I've been doing it for about 4 1/2 years now in all grade levels from 1st through 8th grade. It is one of my most favorite activities in life -- to teach kids art :)
I got home today from teaching my son's 5th grade class about Impressionist painters. My favorite of all time is Claude Monet. I don't consider myself a true Impressionist painter (as one of the students asked me), but I do enjoy working this way.
Impressionist simply means to create a likeness of an image; whether a scene, a still-life, a portrait, etc. But, the difference between Realist and Impressionist is that, instead of recording exactly what you see; green leaf shaped like a heart, blue sky with white puffy clouds, and so on, you are creating your version of it.
You may see a tree as a giant green puff with a brown rectangle as a trunk. It really is about your own version and that being good enough, because it is how you are seeing it. The point is though, no two people will see something exactly the same -- even if they are in the same place, because they are experiencing a situation differently from each other.
I've written many posts about perception; how you see things is what your reality is. Perception really does make-up about 90% of reality (give or take). Your impression of how things are, what you see, how you feel about something, really is how you will live your life and what type of attitude you'll have in regards to what is going on around you. Therefore, you are the Impressionist of your own life.
No matter what you are going through, you have the power to get through it. You get to decide if you will look at a situation as a scary challenge, a difficult lesson, or a great adventure. You choose how you will get through it by using your perception and attitude toward it.
Nobody is perfect, no one should be. We all look at life differently than others around us. Because of our unique ability to see things like no one else does, we are totally capable of creating an amazing work of art; our life. We are amazing individuals who see things or experience things with a little bit of whimsy and add a dose of reality in to keep us grounded. Just like a museum, you want some great impressionist art along with the realistic....it just makes life a whole lot more interesting to look at.