‘When someone says “art,” they often use it as shorthand for “paintings and sculptures.” Art is everywhere, though: in nature, in architecture, in literature, and more. It’s anywhere we see beauty and meaning.’
So that was the scene setting for this week’s photo challenge. But how was I ever going to be able to interpret that through just one photo?! Impossible!
First and foremost, my own personal masterpiece. My gorgeous, giggling little girl. I still feel astonished at the enormity of bringing this special little someone into the world, and at the weight of my love for her. She has brought a whole new depth of beauty and meaning to my life. Here she was just three days old, but since then she has grown and changed and filled our lives with so much joy and happiness. I am thrilled every day, listening to her babbling, watching her expressions and personality shine through – her first brush strokes, if you like, on her own self as a canvas.
Then of course there is the artistry all around us in the natural world. Just take the incredibly diverse beauty of flowers. And I don’t mean the artistry of the photographer or painters’ ability to capture that beauty. But simply the flower itself. The elegance of the lotus lily, the tiny perfection of the flowers on a stem of grass, the fragile nodding bells of the first snow drops. The fleeting vibrancy of the almost translucently papery petals of a poppy flower, lasting just a day before dropping one by one to the ground.
Looking to a bigger canvas, the sea and sky are two parts of a whole to me. It’s a stunning, permanently shifting work of art that I never tire of watching. Changing slowly with the gradual creeping of the sun across the sky. Or transforming in mere moments as a storm suddenly rises up. Little fluffy clouds in a dazzling blue sky changing to heavy blocks of rain-laden steel, stretched across the sky; gentle swells on an azure horizon flipping to crashing, froth-tipped shadowy grey.
I stopped at three photos, but I could have gone on and on. There are so many ways to perceive art around us. That is certainly in evidence when you see the huge variety of interpretations from others who have taken part in this week’s photo challenge. I’ve loved looking at them all. Here are some of my personal favourites: