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By: Ntsiki Mkhize

Ntsiki Mkhize

“A formidable frustration for most writers is what to do with a blank page. It stares at you with silent, intimidating power” Prof Njabulo Ndebele. This challenge to any writer, painter or musician is overcome by merely starting with a blank paper or canvas purging to it all that lay in ones scatter brain and for years this has produced many great results.

In South Africa alone there are 38 newspapers and 53 magazines published monthly across 39 categories. According to Google nearly 130 million (129 864 880 to be exact) books have been written and that excludes government publications and legislation. Nearly 46 002 354 songs written appear of Cha-Cha’s data and from the 150 Psalms of David to modern day poetry who is to say how many poems have been written, while movies number into the millions.

On Canley Da Vinci’s researching art page, artwork constitutes: “drawing, painting, sculpture (carving, modelling, assemblage and construction) architecture, printmaking, electronic media such as computer and digital graphics, ceramics, Visual Design, Graphic Design, collage, photography and Post Modern appropriation and recontextualisation”, which is quite the mouthful for those of us who have never been able to get past stick figures.

“The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne from 1892/93.

Of these great collections some have contributed to the education and knowledge of the world, some to the wealth of a few families’ estates while others to the displays of museums and art houses worldwide. Amongst them, the following painting entitled “The Card Players”, by Paul Cézanne from 1892/93 which in 2011 became the most expensive painting ever sold at $ 250 million to the Royal Family of Qatar.

This incredibly large yield has been attributed to “the fabulous psychological intensity in the faces of the players makes this painting a masterpiece of post-impressionist art”, now while some of us may gasp at this being absurd! That is just the thing about art being alive, that it manifests itself differently in each of us and inspires and evokes a variety of emotions within either recipient.

“Art Alive” is the freedom of expression through words, music, dance and painting. Wearing your heart on your sleeve or as a bold statement through fashion. Many people draw from many-a-great talents for inspiration, but we shouldn’t neglect those around us for the same inspiration. From your nephew’s scribbles – who, with the right backing, could make quite the killing – to fashion forward trend setters-whose style being nothing short of future runways.

Art is simply what we make it. The art of being alive and letting every breath be the brush that strokes the next memory and letting that truth move those around you, regardless of the art form it is expressed through.