Expressions of Humanity

Casey Toussaint - PortraitA saying I once read … that made me ponder as to what humanity is… was written by Margaret Laurence. She said:

Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.”

I believe that no one understands that saying better than an artist, that may be why so many artists are drawn to portrait, and figure work.

Most artists are fascinated by people, their expressions, their life, their lifestyle, and even the way people play, work and yes… even sleep. Its as if the artist himself, stands outside of the ongoings of humanity and looks in, as if he were looking at humanity through a looking glass or a window, what he sees can be fascinating, and alluring, drawing our attention away from ourselves and into what he sees. An artist can see sorrow, joy, hope and despair, where others note nothing amiss, and nothing different from any other person. As in the work of Casey Toussaint who gets her inspiration from train rides, people walking down the street or just by sitting in a quiet spot and pondering and looking at people and their expressions

It is an artist’s hand, that when taken to paper, can transpose these images, and let the rest of humanity see what he or she sees. An artist can find inspiration in other people’s faces and expressions, even while sleeping, dreaming or off in wandering thoughts. It is an artist’s ability to transcribe these feelings and show us the value of our own humanity, our own frailty, and our own emotions.

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  • 2 Responses to “Expressions of Humanity”

    1. Thanks David! « rue Manuel bis Says:

      [...] much to David of Art explained for mentioning me and featuring some of my work in an article called Expressions of Humanity. He’s got a wonderful blog where he discusses all sorts of topics related to art, combining [...]

    2. a brush with color Says:

      I found you through Casey Toussaint and I’m glad I did–what a wonderful blog! Fabulous. I love the Laurence quote you used here. And you included one of my all-time favorites of Casey’s. Beautiful!

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