“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”
“For the month of May, we will focus on art. I believe that art has the ability to transform the soul. If art can change a soul, then it can change the world. What piece of art makes you a more peaceful person?”
-Kozo of Bloggers for Peace
The May challenge for Bloggers for Peace is “the art of peace”. Thinking about what to post, I remembered something a coworker said to me several years ago. While working on my undergraduate degree in college, I had a summer job. One day as we sat at our desks, I noticed my coworker looked worried and exhausted. She had taken off her eyeglasses. I asked her if she was okay. She told me she was tired. Then, she went on to explain why she took off her eyeglasses. She told me that she liked taking her glasses off when she was stressed, so she could experience her world in a blur. She further explained that everything looked softer, more peaceful, like a Monet painting. This technique sounded great to me. I wear eyeglasses, and Monet is one of my favorite artists, so I started taking my glasses off when I felt tense. Since then, I’ve kept the habit of taking my glasses off when I feel stressed or tired. Truly, I see a more peaceful image. Not so sharp or painful. I guess, sometimes, you just need to escape a little to continue to deal with the world and find a little peace. Or maybe, you need to learn to see the world in a different way.
Below are some of Monet’s peaceful, soft paintings.
Peace be with you!