These days, communication tends to take place through blogs, twitter, emails, texts, and the likes. These ways are both efficient and effective. We can communicate with people more often and faster. Are we truly saying the things we need to be saying, though? Is there a message being missed? Are we slowly losing the ability to communicate beyond what we type?
To this day, I still enjoy writing letters, the real kind. I was taught by my mother to send real cards and thank you notes through the mail. When I take the time to write by hand, I give more thought to what I am saying before I write it. It is not as easy to delete and rewrite a letter when it is in my handwriting. The actual handwriting can say a lot about your message as well. Did I hurry when writing it or was I deliver it? Did I keep it neat or was I sloppy? In other words, did I give my letter a lot of thought and care, or did I rush through it?
When possible, I prefer to talk to my friends face-to-face. This allows me to see their smile or frown and hear the inflections of their voice. I can touch them softly and see the expression on her face. These things go beyond mere words. They can show us the true feelings of someone and make us feel what they are feeling. The communication becomes an experience and tells us so much more.
This is like the painting that goes beyond words.
Artists communicate with their art. The message they portray comes not only from the image they painted, but how they painted it. Their brushstrokes, techniques, color choices, and their style, these are like the touches and smiles we see in a face-to-face conversation. It is the way the viewer hears what the artist wants to say, allowing the viewer to experience the art personally.
Art is a form of conversation without using words yet, if done well, it communicates clearly. Words can be very important, but the message behind the words is just as important. The next time you look at a piece of art, really pay attention to how it speaks to you.