Brodsky once said: "Poetry is our species goal."
It is quite obvious that this statement also applies to painting, and to music, and indeed to art as a whole. Art is what distinguishes us from all other living things on the planet. This is what makes us unique. We live in a world of ideas, among other things. And our ideas are building our reality. For example, before the Turgenev Young Ladies were written, there were no young ladies. The girls did not try with all the power of their charm to faint, and did not hide a dozen kinds of smelling salt in the folds of the dress. You can find dozens, if not hundreds, of such examples in the literature.
The works that pulled a chain of events that led to a change in the world.
Art, including painting, is a different way of perceiving the world, it is a different way of describing it. This is not an additive, not a “seasoning” to everyday life, it is an opportunity to perceive the world, and accordingly to live in it differently, generally differently. It is extremely wrong to assume that science, technology, everyday worries about oneself and loved ones are important things, and art is an appendage, an adornment of everyday life.
By the way, about the impact on the world, the Impressionists, for example, opened to the general public an understanding of HOW we see the world around us, HOW our surrounding reality perceives our eyes. A science like sensory physiology was late with this discovery for decades.
Art distinguishes us from others, it makes us a unique kind, it puts us an order of magnitude higher than our smaller brothers. You can object: "But what about science?" Science is about brain development. And art is a different way of thinking, it is a different point of view. Not a single biological species living on the planet can understand, much less master any kind of art.
If we choose to live without art, something like this will happen: A person is born with an almost empty neural network. Throughout life, this network lays down everything that we have ever seen, heard, recognized. By the end of life, everything that happened to us remains there. And it seems that it seems to be the way it should be. Only there is one "but." In animals, the same thing happens. The same processes, the same result.
The question arises, then what distinguishes us from animals. If, with all our science, technocracy, we come to the finish line with the same baggage as the monkeys, only in large volumes. There is more information, but the result is the same. The question is, do we want to live our life how? Like who? How is a species that satisfies its basic needs throughout its life? Then yes, we have nothing to do with art. Let's wait for “Parkinson” and Viva!
In fact, art has a head start, this is something that science can never reach, well, that is, never at all. Science will not be able to calculate, measure, derive a formula, squeeze it into a test tube and bring our senses to the “dry residue”. She will never bring a mathematical model to the sensation of a cool wind on her skin, the taste of a good wine, its bouquet, tart notes and aftertaste, she will not expel either. She will not measure how a person feels making a discovery, climbing Mount Everest, taking the first time in the arms of her child. Science cannot do it!
In art, as in science, there are physical quantities. These are kilometers of neural networks that are being built at the very moment when we draw, compose poetry or music, dance. Engaging in any kind of art PHYSICALLY changes our brain. Neurons grow new dendrites, they, in turn, reach out to other neurons, building new connections in the brain. So, neural networks are gradually being born, which were not and will not be in animals. So, with the help of art, we put ourselves on a new stage of development.
So, sitting down at an easel, now you know for sure - you are evolving))).
To creative success! With love Life-in-colors.