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Paintings — Empower and Inspire

Artists, Individuals and Society Gain from Paintings

An Impressive Image by Nadine Hussaine

Artworks are beautiful sights we have to acknowledge; they are palpable in our lives. Nadine Hussaine

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. Hedy Lamarr

You stand before a beautiful work of art and simply enjoy its ability to capture your imagination. And, just for a few moments, you are carried away from your daily cares and woes. A painting has the power to take you on a journey. At times in your life, you may need to simply drift away for a short while.

Having the ability to create an original oil painting allows me to drift off to my escape.

My family and having friends bring happiness to my everyday life. This happiness, at times, is sadly lacking. The sense of dissatisfaction crawls up on me sometimes, without me even realizing it. I force myself to act on these negative emotions the only way I know-how.

How do I achieve this you may well ask? Well, at times it is not easy. I pick up my brush, stand at my easel and continue painting another original oil painting. Before I realize it — the dark shadows of isolation and loneliness have vanished and are replaced with joy once again.

I am quite content with my life. God has blessed me with an incredible gift. The ability to put brush to canvas and capture the essence of Australia’s nature in oils. Yet, there are times even this is not enough. I feel as if there is a hole in my heart. I don’t know how to fill it. This is the time I take a few deep breaths and picture my unfinished painting complete. Then, I imagine this seascape painting hanging in the home of an Australian art collector. Once again life is good!!!

So, what is this hole? What is this sense of dissatisfaction? What is this sense of loss of connection? Perhaps it is the primary desire every one of us has. The underlying compulsion to be needed and to simply belong. Am I alone in feeling this way? I guess not? Belonging to family, friends and our local community gives our lives a sense of satisfaction, happiness and meaning that mere material possessions cannot replace.

I have times when feelings of isolation and dislocation from my family leave me feeling alone. I ask myself how can creating an original oil painting take away these negative emotions? How can the simple act of creativity bring back my joy and sense of meaning to my life?

I at times force myself to paint. Once I did again start painting I soon get carried away by this amazing process. This God-given ability to tell Australia’s story without words. The simple act of creativity again renewed my sense of satisfaction and happiness. It removed all negative emotions and made life worthwhile once more.

When the painting was complete I was again a member of my local community. The seascape painting needed to be professionally framed and mounted. Then once this was complete, it needed to be promoted for sale. My paintings do indeed make me the ‘Artist’ a member of my local community and give me a sense of belonging.

Have you ever stood in front of a painting and felt it was “genuinely a gift to the world” Samantha Kaplan. In a time in your life when you felt alone and isolated did the presence of a favoured painting lift this grip and return your sense of belonging? I positively believe paintings have a significant place in our lives. Paintings can again open our hearts to possibilities that lie beyond the dark times of loneliness.

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. George Bernard Shaw

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk

As a society, Australia faces such challenges as the Climate Crisis, the Covid virus, and other seemingly immense issues. Australian society also can seem isolated when facing challenges that indeed are global.

You may rightfully ask — so — what can paintings do to alleviate this sense of burden and isolation? I am honoured — God has gifted me with the ability to put brush to canvas. In times of loneliness, I can simply paint my way out. My simple original oil paintings also help others by using my colours to tell Australia’s story without words. Spread her beauty to those willing to share.

Art has the power to change.

An escape from everyday life. Daryl Gammons-Jones

A scenic landscape or a gently/pastel coloured sunrise on the horizon of a seascape allows the viewer to feel relaxed. When you are feeling alone and family is far away on the coast. Linger for a moment before a favourite seascape painting. Allow its presence to take you away. This escape may only be fleeting for you. Yet it may prove to be the ‘next best thing’. And, yes, again — paintings have presented, you the viewer, a way to bring meaning to your life.

A beautiful and brightly coloured painting may give meaning and belonging which would not be there otherwise. Fortunately, paintings are everywhere in our daily lives. Paintings are in our family home, in our offices, banks, motel rooms, restaurants, and working places, just to name a few.

As I said, paintings are indeed everywhere. The next time you book into a motel room. Is there a bright and colourful painting hanging on the wall? The simple joy of this lovely painting is simply being there for you to appreciate. Added something special to your stay. Of course, your stay would have been possible without this singular piece of art. Yet, somewhere deep inside it makes you glad it was there.

So are paintings everywhere? Paintings are used by businesses to inspire and motivate their workers. Look around your offices and your workplace. Do you see posters encouraging workers to “work better not harder”? Offices use brightly coloured paintings to lift the spirits and thus the productivity of their workers.

Paintings are indeed everywhere. Just look around you next time you are out and about. These brightly coloured pictures, whether at the time we realize it or not, do indeed have an impact on how we feel. At least in our family home. It is here we have control and choice of the style and numbers of the paintings we have and where they are located.

In our family home, we have the bonus of leisurely spending time and appreciating our favourite paintings. We can simply breathe in its healing power, simply by being in its presence.

I stress yet again how I believe in the positive power that a favoured painting brings to the viewer. This painting can make the person happier, calmer and even at times inspired. This is the true power of paintings in today’s society. If we just allow them to.

Paintings' ability to connect to Australian society may be as simple as each community’s local art gallery. The local art gallery connects with its community in a variety of ways. The Moree Art Gallery (or BAM as it is known here) provides free art lessons and has a large and diverse exhibition.

This exhibition includes a special place for our Indigenous family to show their cultural artworks. BAM also holds two art competitions each year with prizes that are well worth winning. BAM also holds an Arts Festival which encourages all businesses to be involved in. All these events work to bring the local artists and the community together.

These activities are another positive expression that paintings have to bring meaning into a person’s life on a societal level. So, I believe Moree can face the battles which all Australians are struggling with a little lighter because paintings are having a positive impact on their lives.

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change — it can not only move us, it makes us move. Ossie Davies

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As an artist, I do not have a major impact on my local community. My paintings do contribute to the well-being of family and friends in the form of gifts. These small gestures bring joy and meaning to these people’s lives and a sense of satisfaction to me.

As an artist I feel the importance paintings have in Australian society is vital. This importance is played out in three roles in our nation’s society. Firstly, I as an artist contribute in a small way by providing joy to my family, friends and Australian art collectors who purchase my paintings.

And, in the larger scheme of things I would hate to think of Australia, indeed the world, devoid of artists and their creations. Can you imagine what a bleak and dull world this would be? Paintings may not be a necessity for life. Yet, life without them would be dark. May I even dare to say — meaningless in a real sense?

I am an artist who loves to create using gentle pastel colours. one day. Then, the next is bright and dark colours for my Naive style paintings. I thrive on the freedom I have to create my original oil paintings and then offer them to Australian art collectors.

Artists and their creations, I truly believe, are an essential element of an individual’s well-being. I don’t even want to contemplate life and the world without paintings.

So, how can paintings create meaning in today’s Australian society?

You may rightly ask — SO — what can paintings do to alleviate this sense of loneliness and isolation on a societal level? Australian artists have had their art exhibited all around the world. By doing this the artist can touch, in a real sense, people not only here in Australia but other countries.

Art helps to identify with one another and expands our notion of we — from the local to the global. Olafur Elisson-Artist’

I truly believe all artists must use our paintings to reinforce our sense of community by sharing.

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Diane Markey

Diane Markey

Professional Artist. I write stories about Inspiration, Love and Life Lessons. Written from my heart and from life experiences. Qualified Personal Counsellor.