Why I Paint

Why I Paint

I found a love for painting, for it takes me back to the places I have been before. I am able to develop my artistic abilities, and create the elegance of natural wonders in our environment.

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Rain or shine, and whenever I have the time, you can always find me painting (if I'm not taking a nap). Ever since I was little I always loved arts and crafts, drawing and painting, just never had the time for it due to a rigorous schedule filled with four hour swim practices, and the time left devoted to school work. As a retired division one collegiate athlete, I have much more time to add new things a part of my schedule that I enjoy doing.

Painting is great for a number of reasons. I can paint whatever I want whenever I want. I personally enjoy painting very much, no matter how "good" or "bad" my painting may look. And it gives me time to not be on my phone, unless I am referring to a photo to help guide me. We all have our gadgets, and we all spend SO much time on them, painting gives me that break from staring at a screen for so long. It gives me peace, and let's me explore my artistic abilities. It takes me back to the places I have been to, and dream of going there again.

Painting or any other type of art work is a great way to communicate the importance of something, for example something like land conservation. Painting can inspire land conservation, of areas that are threatened by the development of drilling and mining industries. Artists recognize how important it is to preserve these natural beauties, and thereby create these wonders in their works of art.

Majority of my paintings consist of places I have been before. From rainbow fields of wildflowers to the detailed and intricate mountain ranges, I have the chance to relive my memories through my paint brushes, paints, and canvas.

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A Revival: Greek And Roman Impact On The Renaissance

How Renaissance artists departed from the Gothic style
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Just as the Romans were often known as Greek imitators, the artists of the Renaissance took a big interest in ancient Greek and Roman art. Therefore, the Renaissance came to be known as an era of revival, one in which the influence of Greek and Roman art was seen in both art and architecture. Pieces such as the Palazzo Rucellai, David, and Birth of Venus are all noted for being composed of both Greek and Roman elements and styles.

The Palazzo Rucellai stands as a landmark Renaissance palace, designed in 1446 by well-known Italian architects Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino. The humanistic influence of the 15th century is noted in its composition, but most importantly, the structural elements of ancient Rome are incorporated within the structure. The Roman-like arches, pilasters, and entablatures give the impression of strength. The pilasters are composed of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders which are reminiscent of the Colosseum. Just as the pilasters of the Colosseum are used for a decorative purpose, the ones of the Palazzo Rucellai also depart from simply providing structural support.

The David sculpture was created by the notorious Donatello. Donatello was known for his studies of Greek and Roman art, which allowed for him to make a connection between the classical world and the Renaissance. The Greek formula for contrapposto is noted in this sculpture, as his weight appears to be mostly on the right foot while the left leg seems to be more relaxed. The Greek influence is also demonstrated as David is fully nude, which departs from the clothed Biblical figures of the Gothic era and instead resonates Greek conventions. Just as the Greek Kritios Boy is described as “the first beautiful nude in art,” the bronze David was the first freestanding nude of the Renaissance.

The Birth of Venus, created by Sandro Botticelli, also appears to carry Greek and Roman influences into the Renaissance era in which it was constructed. Just like the Roman marble Aphrodite of Menophantos, the Birth of Venus employs the Capitoline Venus pose in which Venus covers her breasts with her right arm and her groin with her left arm. An obvious allusion to Roman art is the use of the Roman goddess Venus as the subject of the painting. The use of classical subject matter is strategical as it appeals to the rich Florentines who patronized such pieces.

The Renaissance is known as the “rebirth” or “revival” of Greek and Roman styles and conventions. Such Greek and Roman influences are well noted in the Italian-made pieces such as The Palazzo Rucellai, which can be compared to the Colosseum, David, which can be compared to the Kritios Boy, and The Birth of Venus, which can be compared to the Aphrodite of Menophantos. It is this revival that is credited with helping European artists and architects depart from Gothic styles, among others, while bringing back notorious Greek and Roman ones.

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Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two.

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If you go outside, oh the things that you can do!

Ride your bike, skateboard, and rollerblade, too!

You could go build a fort, or see animals at the zoo!

Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two

only to waste the day watching movies about kung fu!

I'm wasting my breath, you're not listening, are you?

You little prick, I bet you'd be up if your friends said to come through.

I swear, the only exercise you get is jerking to a random black guy screw

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Fine, fuck it, kid, I don't care anymore. Do what you want today. You do you.

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