Even before spoken language we humans have been drawing and making pictures to describe how we feel and how we view our surroundings. We use the resources around us to tell others ‘this is what I am going through, can you relate to me?’ The same goes on for artists. They use their blank canvas or whatever medium along with what resources they have to show us how they feel at the time. We are bound to our memories and our brain links strong emotions to certain situations to form lasting memories. We also use color to describe such intangible notions as feelings, I’m so sad I’m blue, red & angry, green with jealousy. Even animals use colors to both warn off potential threats as well as seek a mate. Our mind also analyzes shapes to describe what we are seeing. Certain shapes automatically register as a particular object, four legs must be an animal, tall and bushy that should be a tree. We label an object before we actually ‘see’ the item in our view.
We like to adorn our homes and businesses with art to create certain moods so I challenge you to go to an art gallery in your home city if you can or follow this Slurl to a gallery in SL at the least. Open up your mind and critique; try to imagine what the artist was going through and what they are trying to tell you. The more we do it the bigger and more accurate our mental road map will become. The better our road map is, the smaller the world seems. The smaller the world seems then aren’t we all just neighbors…at least that’s the way I ‘see’ it.