Emotion In Art

Let’s take a look at how we convey emotion in art. How do you convey emotion in your work? There are several ways we can do this.

  • The use of colour
  • Facial expression
  • Figurative expression
  • Subject matter – there are different vehicles you can use to express the emotion connected with particular subjects. For example you may focus on only one part of the body as in this painting below – depicting a certain state of mind. I will leave it up to you to interpret what that is.



  • Or the colour and type of line used may contribute to the emotional impact of the work.  Is it lyrical and flowing suggesting perhaps melody, harmony or peace or is it sharp and jagged conveying anger, threat, hate.

Edvard-Munch-The-Scream In this painting,  ‘The Scream’  by Edvard Munch – he does neither of these, he uses lyrical flowing lines,which is an unusual choice for this subject. His colours however convey the emotional pain more than the lines do. There was a movement in the early Twentieth Century called Expressionism, during which artists moved away from realism towards a more emotional rendering of their subjects.  They were attempting to connect to emotions and convey them through their work.  This in turn would have an emotional impact upon the viewer.

It is the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth this year and a new film has been released.  It has limited screenings on July 13th and 14th Northern hemisphere time.  It is screening at Avoca Beach picture theatre on the Central Coast of Australia – today the 15th of July at 11.30 am. For an indepth review of the film see Literary Minded.

Consider the kind of paintings you like  – do they connect you to a specific feeling? Emotion in art is depicted in a unique way for every artist.  It can be a great tool for releasing your own emotion. After the death of my Father in 2000 I painted a series of works which I found very cathartic as they helped me work through this difficult grief peiod.

Emotion in Art - Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

Photo Credit: hubpages.com Posted by : Kadira Jennings

Five Part Series on ‘Beauty In Art’ – Part 1
Last week Shelia Finkelstein got me to thinking about beauty and our perception of it, in art, generally and generationally.  The idea of generational beauty was thought provoking.  We are all of course, products of our environment and cultural upbringing.  What we find beauty in differs at various times in our lives as well as between generations.  My mother found no beauty at all in Hendrix  belting out Voodoo Child – why she didn’t – well that was a complete mystery to me.  Different standards of beauty I guess.

One thing beauty requires of us  is our attention – fully and completely if we are to really engage with it.  The more we immerse ourselves, the more present we get regardless of our age, life stage, generation – beauty is open to us if we just take the time to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.

Smell The Flowers

Smell The Flowers

Beauty is subjective – when was the last time you really appreciated the true beauty of something?

Image Credit: Ozark http:// www.nps.gov/ozar/planyourvisit/justforkids.htm

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