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Simplifying matters

The art of simplicity

By AlfiyaPublished 11 months ago 3 min read
Simplifying matters
Photo by 五玄土 ORIENTO on Unsplash


The Japanese had it right.

Using art as a practice of simplicity.

What do you want to say?

Is there a particular observation you are making that renders you to stop and think?

Then write about it.

Write about a concept you have thought of that has invested your interest. Do not try and think your way into a concept. Let the concept find you. When you are conceptualizing at a level where a concept finds you, you will have no choice but to write about it. It is like a marriage, you are committed to the concept until it is teased out and practiced. You make art out of the concept that finds you and you see where it takes you.

That is a true artist.

One who can wait patiently, await for the arrival from a spark out of a dimension you have made contact with-

The dimension of creativity.

One where effort makes the art dull, lack soul and feel boring.

Feel inspired to write as an inspiration falls in your lap. Lap. it. up.

Write for hours, days on end if your heart has tugged you there and made you stay there.

Efforting art is like watching bodybuilders. The outcome is pretty weird.

Simple does it.

Simplicity is tranquil, avoids drama and cares about you and your needs.

It finds pain or hurt and channels these to create something simple yet breath taking.

Leaving space for readers to read between the lines is important. Create the spaciousness in writing as well as the subject. With equal harmony, in this case, writing, will be a work of art.

It may not be to anyone else, but if you read your piece and your heart opens up and sings, that is all that matters.

Your love for your essay, poem or article is the song to listen for. Even if your piece only has one view...

Wow, think about it.

One other person other than yourself, loves your piece of art, your creation. That is connection.

The love connection.

That is indeed true healing.

I want to say thank you Vocal for this lovely platform and generous gift you have given to the users of Vocal.

Thank you for allowing me to share my pieces of art, pieces of my heart, displaying them, archiving them, keeping them safe, like an array of paintings from the eras of history.


This inspired me to keep sharing art...

Therefore I present...

An Unsplash visual art show of pieces of art that made me delight in awe inspiring wonder and admiration...

By Europeana on Unsplash

The crimson, blood stained flowers against the heavy and intense black sets a mood of weighty emotion. The black weighs the picture down while the colors and the display of the flowers are seemingly alive. They are twisted, wild and organic in an eerie sort of way which evokes emotions that signify the beautiful and the dark. Visually stunning and awe-inspiring.

By Luis Alfonso Orellana on Unsplash

Look at these doors, the beauty and emotions it evokes guessed it... awe-inspiring. The juxtaposition between art and bland is a great way of seeing art, such as a poem on a blank piece of paper, or a painting on a blank canvas. I consider bland buildings with no soul are blank canvases waiting for artistry to make an appearance.

By Jon Tyson on Unsplash

A fragmented but whole heart sits in the center. Is the x a kiss?

By Alexander Ant on Unsplash

The space and form is in harmony, I could look at this for hours and it is so pleasing to my eye. I like the intensity seeping in from the top. It spreads toward a center, still boldly swirling in the top half of the canvas. It then spreads going down and has two main finishing points. The spread on the left guides me down, has plenty of space and has more intensity toward the end. It is singing in harmony. The spread ending in the center has a unifying busy pattern that I admire and shows a cohesive connection between the artist, viewer and the art.


Be the art you wish to see.



About the Creator


Love words and their origin. Like poetry. Rumi is my favorite.

Thank you for stopping by.

Facebook: Alfiya Re Lax

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