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Light into the Darkness

“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” -Schumann
Has creating a painting ever changed your mood entirely?
Yes, there are times of frustration and disappointment, but what about the elation when you complete a piece and can tell yourself it is good? And what about when you reach that "in the zone" state?
Well, I can't say your viewers will reach that "in the zone" state, but your artwork does have an effect on them. They won't have to go through the rollercoaster of emotions you did during the creation process, but they will get the final overall emotion trapped inside.
The color palette you choose, the lighting you use, and the style you reproduce will all play key roles in setting the mood. As artists, we have the ability to bring light or darkness into the world. And to be honest, we are known for both.
Some artists chose to take a dark, satirical political stance with their artwork, and you frequently see this in art produced during wartimes. For instance, the work of Otto Dix following WWI and during WWII. Whereas other artists produce artwork on the other end of the spectrum that is light and airy, like Claude Monet.
Though artists have painted in different styles and time periods and mediums, there is one thing that has always connected all of us - the title of artist. We have the ability to have a profound impact on the world and that impact isn't bound by time. So, when you start your next painting, even if it is just for a few people or for yourself, think of what good it can do.
Will it take a stand on an issue? Help memorialize a loved one? Bring a smile to people's faces? Empathize with someone's sorrow? Whatever gift your painting has in store for its viewers, know that it can bring light to even the darkest of places.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using a Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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